Backed by a historic majority in the Dáil vote, Enda Kenny takes office as Taoiseach.

On 9 March 2011, Enda Kenny accepted his seal of office as Taoiseach at Áras an Uachtaráin from President Mary McAleese.

Enda Kenny had been proposed by the two youngest TDs in the two government parties. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin wished the newly elected Taoiseach well but opposition to his election came from other TDs in the house. 

Addressing the Dáil leader of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams says

We cannot support a Taoiseach that is prepared to sell important State assets, to introduce water charges and property taxes for ordinary households

Independent TD Mick Wallace says

I will not be voting for Deputy Kenny for Taoiseach but I do honestly wish him well. Anything that the government does that I think is positive and in the best interest of the people I will certainly support it. Likewise, anything that I find does not do that, then I will not be afraid to criticise it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 March 2011. The reporter is David Davin Power.