History UsefulNotes / PrimeMinistersOfIreland

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.
14th Jun '16 11:03:27 AM diarmo
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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 holds 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.

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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 holds 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.
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.



* MeetTheNewBoss: While this has always been in effect in politics, his policies on the bailout and especially the dreaded property tax and water charges were promised not to be brought in, but were done anyway. The water charges issue is a huge bone of contention for most people.

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* MeetTheNewBoss: While this has always been in effect in politics, his policies on the bailout and especially the dreaded property tax and water charges were promised not to be brought in, but were done anyway. The water charges issue is has been a huge bone of contention for most many people.
27th May '16 5:53:00 AM moloch
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* HeAlsoDid: He was also an All-Ireland-winning hurler and footballer, named as midfielder on the Team Of The Century by the GAA, and the only person to captain the footballers and the hurlers in the same year. [[note]]He also captained Cork in the "Thunder And Lightning Final" - only four hours after [[UsefulNotesWorldWarTwo Britain declared war on Germany]], they played Kilkenny through a raging thunderstorm, eventually losing 2-7 to 3-3.[[/note]]

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* HeAlsoDid: He was also an All-Ireland-winning hurler and footballer, named as midfielder on the Team Of The Century by the GAA, and the only person to captain the footballers and the hurlers in the same year. [[note]]He also captained Cork in the "Thunder And Lightning Final" - only four hours after [[UsefulNotesWorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Britain declared war on Germany]], they played Kilkenny through a raging thunderstorm, eventually losing 2-7 to 3-3.[[/note]]
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