Taoiseach appoints Joan Burton as Tanaiste
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has formally made Joan Burton as Tanaiste.
In a statement he said he has congratulated Ms Burton today on her election as leader of the Labour Party and confirmed "that I have nominated her as Tánaiste".
Alan Kelly was formally elected as deputy leader of the party, passing the quota with 1,409 votes.
He said: "We agreed to work closely together for the remainder of the Government’s term of office to fulfil the mandate given to our parties in 2011".
He added: "I look forward to working closely with the Tánaiste and her colleagues in the Labour Party as we build on the solid foundations that have been put in place by the Government in the past three years."
He said they will meet early next week to discuss the Government’s key priorities for the coming period, and changes in the composition of the Government.
Mr Kenny paid tribute to Eamon Gilmore for his work in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and for his role as Tánaiste.
"He and I have had to deal with many difficult decisions arising from the economic recession and I have always found him both understanding and courageous in standing up for our people. I thank him and wish him well for the future," Mr Kenny said.