He achieved just enough support to avoid dependence on the vote of Sinn Fein's sole TD (MP), Caoimhghin O'Caolain, but the narrow majority guarantees a nervous term of office. He received 85 votes from the 166-seat chamber with 78 against. The outgoing premier, John Bruton, received 75 votes.Reuse content
Bertie Ahern marked his election as Taoiseach last night with a pledge to make bringing peace to Ulster the central aim for his government. Mr Ahern, who has a slim majority in the Dail backed by a centre-right coalition of his Fianna Fail party and its Progressive Democrat ally and three independents, said he looked forward to making Northern Ireland "a kinder and gentler place".