Enda Kenny was elected to Dáil Éireann, the Irish National Parliament at 24 years of age in 1975. He was re-elected in twelve subsequent General Elections until his retirement as Taoiseach in 2017.
He served as Minister for Education and Tourism and Trade and became Leader of Fine Gael in 2002. He led the Party for 15 years, the longest period of any Fine Gael Leader. He also served as a Vice President of the European Peoples’ Party for 6 years. He became Taoiseach in March 2011 and again in May 2016, the first Fine Gael Leader to be re-elected as Taoiseach in successive elections. As Taoiseach to May 2017, Ireland became the fastest growing EU country for four successive years; unemployment reduced from 15.2% to less than 5%; interest rates on Irish borrowing fell from 15% to zero, the country’s credit rating was restored, and access to financial markets was fully secured. Mr Kenny was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Law by National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).
In August 2021, Kenny joined the board of Heneghan Strategic Communications. Mr Kenny is also on the advisory board of Dublin private equity firm, VentureWave capital and the TMRW foundation. Mr Kenny is a member of the board of ‘Mechanical Tree’ firm Carbon Collect, The Ardonagh Group and Enventec and serves as a non-executive director and advisor to SUAS Aerospace. Mr Kenny is also a Patron and Ambassador of ISPS Handa and WSD (Worldwide Support for Development).