How the deal was done

The inside story of how Enda Kenny finally ended up back in the ultimate seat of power

8th May, 2016
Enda Kenny last Friday as he was elected Taoiseach for the second time Pictures: Bryan Meade

Enda Kenny was handed a brown envelope by a Leinster House usher. In it was his mobile phone. Kenny was awaiting word as to whether he would be re-elected Taoiseach. The vote was imminent, but he remained unsure. It was just after 12pm on Friday, and a stony-faced Kenny was nestled in his usual seat in the Dáil chamber. The real action, however, was happening elsewhere.

Things were on a knife-edge in the...

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