The Kerry Independent TD had been in talks about supporting a minority Fine Gael government.
Deputy Michael Healy-Rae says the programme for Government agreed is not perfect but that he’d succeeded in making sure that issues of concern to people in Kerry and rural Ireland as a whole would be dealt with.
He says to vote against Enda Kenny for Taoiseach would have meant a vote against all the work that was put into the programme.
However, the TD hasn’t given the full reason why he opted for abstention rather than casting a vote for the Fine Gael leader.
He says he’s glad there will be a new ministry for regional development and rural affairs to address the imbalance between major centres of population and rural Ireland.
Michael Healy-Rae’s brother and fellow independent TD, Deputy Danny Healy-Rae, voted against Enda Kenny.