The 10th Dr John Kennedy CBE KSG KCMCO DL DHI Lecture in Irish Studies will be given by Mr Enda Kenny, TD, Former Taoiseach (March 2011 - June 2017) and former Leader of Fine Gael (June 2002 - June 2017), who will give a lecture entitled: “Ireland - England's place in the Europe of the Future”.
Admission is free but places are limited. Please contact Dorothy Lynch (Dorothy@liverpool.ac.uk) to register.
Enda Kenny TD was the most successful leader in the history of the Fine Gael Party, having held the position from 2002 until 2017. Under his leadership, Fine Gael became the largest political organisation in the State. Fine Gael went on to become the biggest Irish Party in the European Parliament and in local government. The longest serving TD in Dáil Éireann, he was also Vice-President of Fine Gael’s European affiliate, the European People’s Party from 2006-2012. From Islandeady, outside Castlebar, Enda is a former primary school teacher. He has served in a wide variety of Party and Parliamentary positions during his time as a TD and oversaw an unprecedented growth in tourism business, and Ireland’s trade position internationally. As Minister he also chaired the European Union Council of Trade Ministers during Ireland’s Presidency, and he co-chaired the successful Singapore round of the World Trade Organisation talks in 1996. He also headed the EU Council of Trade Ministers during Ireland’s Presidency of the Union. Through the fostering of international trade, so crucial to the birth of the Celtic Tiger, Enda played a significant role in creating the economic boom that began under the last Fine Gael-led Government (’94-97). Drawing on this experience, he will be delivering a talk entitled “Ireland - England's place in the Europe of the Future”.