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Victorious Kenny celebrates in style

PICS: Caroline Quinn

A VICTORIOUS Enda Kenny celebrated with family and friends -- and RTE star Kathryn Thomas -- in the Davenport Hotel.

Following an emotion-filled day, the new Taoiseach was able to unwind in the plush surrounds of the hotel's bar and function room.

He was joined by a host of party colleagues and close family members, while RTE presenter Kathryn was also on hand.

But Enda stole the show as the crowd of more than 150 gathered to congratulate the man from Mayo. He had received his seal of office from President Mary McAleese earlier in the day.

The Fine Gael leader was mobbed by well wishers, including Dublin South East TD Lucinda Creighton, who has found herself in conflict with Mr Kenny over the years.

The two looked to be on friendly terms as they swapped pleasantries and shook hands.

It was well into the small hours before Mr Kenny was finally able to leave, with gruelling days ahead.

comurphy@herald.ie