Kenny fails to win governing majority in Irish elections

Irish Prime Minister Enda KennyPrime Minister Enda Kenny’s outgoing coalition failed to win a majority in Irish elections, final results showed on Thursday, heralding tough talks to form a new government that could last for weeks. Kenny’s Fine Gael party won 50 out of 158 parliamentary seats, followed by traditional rival Fianna Fail with 44 seats, raising the possibility of an unprecedented coalition between the two. Sinn Fein, the former political wing of the IRA in Northern Ireland which campaigned against budget cuts, won 23 seats and the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit group won six seats.

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