Saturday 21 April 2018

Retirement of Taoiseach now leaves Kennys' Mayo dynasty at a crossroads

Aoibhinn Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers/Maxwells
Aoibhinn Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers/Maxwells
Dervla Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers/Maxwells Newsdesk Newsdesk

There has been a Kenny representing Mayo in Dáil Éireann since May 1954. Many in Mayo politics expect that the "family firm" will continue through a new generation - but none of that is certain.

Succession speculation will focus on two young Kenny women - Enda Kenny's daughter, Aoibhinn, and his niece, Dervla. But political activists in Mayo are unsure whether either is especially interested in trying to follow in the outgoing Taoiseach's footsteps as TD in four-seat Mayo.

The Kennys' political story began unsurprisingly on the football field. Enda Kenny's father, Henry, was a schoolteacher and a gifted footballer who brought scarce All Ireland glory to his county in 1936. In the early 1950s the now forgotten rural campaigning party, Clann na Talmhan, had three out of five Dáil seats in Mayo South.

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