History UsefulNotes / PrimeMinistersOfIreland

27th Nov '17 4:24:52 PM nombretomado
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* IrishNames / GenderBlenderName: 'Enda' is a name used by both men and women but is considerably more common for men. Unfortunately it is close in spelling and sound to the unrelated and definitely ''feminine'' 'Edna' and some foreigners got confused leading to the ''New York Times'' welcoming the election of ‘Ms. Edna Kenny’.

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* IrishNames / GenderBlenderName: 'Enda' is a name used by both men and women but is considerably more common for men. Unfortunately it is close in spelling and sound to the unrelated and definitely ''feminine'' 'Edna' and some foreigners got confused leading to the ''New York Times'' welcoming the election of ‘Ms. Edna Kenny’.
26th Nov '17 12:24:39 PM Prime32
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* FanNickname: "The Teflon Taoiseach", since nothing thrown at him [[IncrediblyLamePun ever seemed to stick]].
** The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spire_of_Dublin Spire of Dublin]], the tallest sculpture in the world, was constructed under his leadership, leading it to be colloquially known as "Bertie's [[DoubleEntendre Erection]]".



* FunnyForeigner: Despite his reputation for DullSurprise at home, had a tendency to play up the "friendly Irish lad" image in foreign negotiations.



Enda Kenny's successor as leader of Fine Gael and as Taoiseach, after winning the leadership contest against Simon Coveney in 2017. Notable for being both Ireland's first gay Taoiseach, and the first to be of mixed ethnicity, with an Irish mother and an Indian father. Despite this, Varadkar is regarded as one of the furthest right-wing politicians in mainstream Irish politics.

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Enda Kenny's successor as leader of Fine Gael and as Taoiseach, after winning the leadership contest against Simon Coveney in 2017. Notable for being both Ireland's first gay Taoiseach, and the first to be of mixed ethnicity, with ethnicity (with an Irish mother and an Indian father.father), and the youngest to ever hold the office. Despite this, Varadkar is regarded as one of the furthest right-wing politicians in mainstream Irish politics.


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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: His unusual background attracted media attention outside of Ireland, but relatively little within it, to the point where most coverage was something along the lines of "We're surprised that we're the only ones who aren't surprised".
22nd Jun '17 12:54:39 PM CynicalBastardo
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* CloudCuckooLander: When he visited Downing Street for his first official visit, [[http://www.thejournal.ie/leo-varadkar-hugh-grant-3452447-Jun2017/ he referenced]] ''Film/LoveActually'' and was disappointed to find that it wasn't actually filmed there.


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* SuddenlySexuality: While not completely secret, he never discussed his sexuality publically until the Marriage Equality Referendum of 2015. The timing of this was not coincidental.
10th Jun '17 10:17:15 AM nombretomado
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dasU9U7i3JQ His reply address]] to WinstonChurchill's post-victory remarks on neutral Ireland's perceived lack of assistance during World War II.

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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dasU9U7i3JQ His reply address]] to WinstonChurchill's UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's post-victory remarks on neutral Ireland's perceived lack of assistance during World War II.
3rd Jun '17 7:58:34 AM moloch
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Enda Kenny's successor as leader of Fine Gael and as Taoiseach, after winning the leadership contest against Simon Coveney in 2017. Notable for being both Ireland's first gay Taoiseach, and the first to be of mixed ethnicity, with an Irish mother and an Indian father.

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Enda Kenny's successor as leader of Fine Gael and as Taoiseach, after winning the leadership contest against Simon Coveney in 2017. Notable for being both Ireland's first gay Taoiseach, and the first to be of mixed ethnicity, with an Irish mother and an Indian father. \n Despite this, Varadkar is regarded as one of the furthest right-wing politicians in mainstream Irish politics.

* MortonsFork: The leadership contest was regarded as this by many, being a choice between a centre-right politician who'd had a disastrous tenure as Minister for Health and later Social Protection (Varadkar) or a centre-right politician who'd had a disastrous tenure as Minister for Housing (Coveney).
3rd Jun '17 7:38:17 AM moloch
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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right and top to bottom: W.T. Cosgrave, Eamon deValera, John A. Costello, Sean Lemass, Jack Lynch, Liam Cosgrave, Charles Haughey, Garret Fitzgerald, Albert Reynolds, John Bruton, Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen. ''Not pictured:'' Enda Kenny]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right and top to bottom: W.T. Cosgrave, Eamon deValera, John A. Costello, Sean Lemass, Jack Lynch, Liam Cosgrave, Charles Haughey, Garret Fitzgerald, Albert Reynolds, John Bruton, Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen. ''Not pictured:'' Enda Kenny]]
Kenny, Leo Varadkar]]
3rd Jun '17 7:37:57 AM moloch
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The current (and 13th) Taoiseach is Enda Kenny, who has held the role since March 2011.

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The current (and 13th) 14th) Taoiseach is Enda Kenny, Leo Varadkar, who has held the role since March 2011.
May 2017.
3rd Jun '17 7:37:26 AM moloch
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'''Years''': 2011 --

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'''Years''': 2011 --- 2017



Enda Kenny (b 1951) is notable for several things: at 59 he was the second oldest 'first time' Taoiseach (only Lemass was older) and is the current Father of the Dáil having represented Mayo [[LongRunner since 1975.]] He also initially held the largest majority in the Dáil of any Taoiseach ever thanks to the best ever performance of both Fine Gael and his coalition partners Labour and the ''worst'' ever result for Fianna Fáil. He then proceeded to slowly run this advantage into the ground, eventually reaching public approval ratings so low they rivaled the previous government's. However, he did manage to become the first Fine Gael Taoiseach to retain the office (albeit without Labour) when he successfully pulled together a minority government after the 2016 general election.

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Enda Kenny (b 1951) is notable for several things: at 59 he was the second oldest 'first time' Taoiseach (only Lemass was older) and is the current Father of the Dáil having represented Mayo [[LongRunner since 1975.]] He also initially held the largest majority in the Dáil of any Taoiseach ever thanks to the best ever performance of both Fine Gael and his coalition partners Labour and the ''worst'' ever result for Fianna Fáil. He then proceeded to slowly run this advantage into the ground, eventually reaching public approval ratings so low they rivaled rivalled the previous government's. However, he did manage to become the first Fine Gael Taoiseach to retain the office (albeit without Labour) when he successfully pulled together a minority government after the 2016 general election.


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'''Years''': 2017 --
'''Party''': Fine Gael

Enda Kenny's successor as leader of Fine Gael and as Taoiseach, after winning the leadership contest against Simon Coveney in 2017. Notable for being both Ireland's first gay Taoiseach, and the first to be of mixed ethnicity, with an Irish mother and an Indian father.

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28th Jul '16 10:36:12 AM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: Within Fine Gael, due to the abortion debate and several [=TDs=] in the (generally socially conservative) party not happy with what some call the party's "forced march" into the 21st century.
1st Jul '16 12:23:52 PM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: For Fianna Fáil.
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