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Enda Kenny to resign as Taoiseach

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny is to travel to Aras an Uachtarain to resign as Taoiseach after failing to get re-elected to the position in a Dáil vote.

The Mayo TD said the Cabinet will continue its work while the various parties try to form a government.

Mr Kenny, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and AAA-PBP Richard Boyd Barrett were all nominated for the positon of Taoiseach but failed to secure enough votes.

“It’s not the outcome that I personally would have liked to see but I respect the verdict of the people,” Mr Kenny said.

"The Government and I will continue to carry out our duties until a new Government is elected."

He cited the upcoming commemorations of the 1916 Rising and his St Patrick’s Day visit to Washington as two items that he would continue to take part in.

In the medium term he said a government was necessary to deal with the impending Brexit referendum in the UK and issues such as climate change.

Mr Kenny said when Fine Gael and the Labour Party entered government five years “our very survival was in doubt”.

“The Government had to face unprecedented sets of difficulties. Many believed the situation was hopeless,” he said, adding: “The country is in a different place now.”

The outgoing Taoiseach said he was “fully committed” to working with other parities and independents to form a new government.

He added that “a substantial number of people do not want to serve in government”.