Enda Kenny Announces Resignation As Taoiseach

Enda Kenny has announced his resignation as Taoiseach.

He’s presided over a final session in Leinster House, and will go to Aras an Uachtarain this afternoon to hand in his notice.

Kenny will remain on in a caretaker capacity until tomorrow lunchtime, when the Dáil votes on the appointment Leo Varadkar.


This afternoon in the Dáil, Kenny said he was reluctant to make a farewell speech – but that the new Dáil rules gave him no other choice.

And he finished his farewell by paraphrasing the Last Will and Testament of the founder of the Land League, Michael Davitt:

Clare’s Independent TD has paid tribute to the Taoiseach in the Dáil this afternoon.

Dr Michael Harty has spoken of his experience as a first time TD, saying the “diverse” and “edgy” democracy is a credit to Enda Kenny: