Following the legislative election on 25 February, the newly elected parliament convened yesterday and a new prime minister (Taoiseach) was elected.
The new Taoiseach is Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny. He leads a coalition government with the Labour Party. Constitutionally, the Irish Cabinet is limited to 15 ministers. Fine Gael has ten Ministers and the Labour Party has five. There is also a Junior minister who will sit at the cabinet table. He is from the Labour Party.
The Labour Party is actually the second largest party in the new parliament (Dáil). So, the government enjoys 113 of the 166 seats there. The opposition is the former governing party, Fianna Fáil, which was routed at the election and was returned with only 20 deputies.