Enda Kenny Loses Vote To Be The Taoiseach For The New Dáil
Enda Kenny has lost his bid to be elected Taoiseach to the new Dáil.
The Fine Gael leader failed in a vote of confidence of his abilities to lead the new Dáil, after he was defeated with 94 votes to 57.
The former Taoiseach was nominated for re-election by Fine Gael’s Noel Rock, with seven Labour TDs supporting the nomination as well as the Fine Gael party.
Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and AAA-PBP’s Richard Boyd Barrett have also been nominated by their respective parties for the role of Taoiseach.
The individual votes on their nominations is currently being counted.
Five Independent TDs - Michael Harty, Denis Naughten, Noel Grealish, Mattie McGrath, and Michael Collins – all abstained from the vote, while Michael Lowry was not in attendance of the Dáil sitting.