Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs

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The Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (Irish: An Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta) was a department of the Government of Ireland from 1956 to 2011. The head of the department was a Minister of the Government.

Overview[edit]

In 2011, the department had specific responsibility for a range of functions including:

  • Community Development Programmes
  • Local Development
  • the RAPID programmes
  • Coordination of the National Drugs Strategy
  • North/South co-operation
  • Volunteering
  • Rural Development initiatives
  • progress towards the elimination of discrimination; the promotion of equal opportunities and the accommodation of diversity
  • the Irish language
  • the Gaeltacht
  • the development of Ireland's inhabited off-shore islands.
  • Implementation of policy in relation to equal treatment, anti-racism, disability equality and human rights

History[edit]

The department was created in 1956 as the Department of the Gaeltacht.

Its name changed several times, with some changes in its role. The department was known as the following:

  • Department of the Gaeltacht (1956–1993)
  • Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (1993–1997)
  • Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (1997–2002)
  • Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (2002–2010)
  • Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (2010–2011)

In 2011, it was abolished[1] with its sections being transferred to other government departments as below:

Function New Department
Community and Rural Development
(including PEACE and INTERREG,
Dormant Accounts and
the Western Development Commission)
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Coordination of the National Drug Strategy Department of Health
The Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
The National Famine Commemoration
Waterways Ireland
Marine Tourism Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Equality, Human Rights, Integration and Disability Department of Justice and Equality
Charities Regulation
Social Inclusion Department of Social Protection
Family Policy Department of Children and Youth Affairs

List of office-holders[edit]

Minister for the Gaeltacht 1956–1993[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
1. Richard Mulcahy 2 June 1956 24 October 1956 Fine Gael
2. Patrick Lindsay 24 October 1956 20 March 1957 Fine Gael
3. Jack Lynch 20 March 1957 26 June 1957 Fianna Fáil
4. Micheál Ó Móráin (1st time) 26 June 1957 23 July 1959 Fianna Fáil
5. Gerald Bartley 23 July 1959 11 October 1961 Fianna Fáil
Micheál Ó Móráin (2nd time) 11 October 1961 26 March 1968 Fianna Fáil
6. Pádraig Faulkner 27 March 1968 2 July 1969 Fianna Fáil
7. George Colley 2 July 1969 14 March 1973 Fianna Fáil
8. Tom O'Donnell 14 March 1973 5 July 1977 Fine Gael
9. Denis Gallagher (1st time) 5 July 1977 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil
10. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 12 December 1979 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
11. Paddy O'Toole (1st time) 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Fine Gael
Denis Gallagher (2nd time) 9 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
Paddy O'Toole (2nd time) 14 December 1982 10 March 1987 Fine Gael
12. Charles Haughey 10 March 1987 11 February 1992 Fianna Fáil
13. John Wilson 11 February 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil
14. Michael D. Higgins (1st time) 12 January 1993 21 January 1993 Labour Party

Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht 1993–1997[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Michael D. Higgins (1st time) 21 January 1993 17 November 1994 Labour Party
15. Bertie Ahern 18 November 1994 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil
Michael D. Higgins (2nd time) 15 December 1994 26 June 1997 Labour Party
16. Síle de Valera 26 June 1997 12 July 1997 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands 1997–2002[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Síle de Valera 12 July 1997 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 2002–2010[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
17. Éamon Ó Cuív 6 June 2002 23 March 2010 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs 2010–2011[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
18. Pat Carey 23 March 2010 9 March 2011 Fianna Fáil

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Legally it was not abolished but renamed as the Department of Children and Youth Affairs with its existing functions transferred to different departments. "S.I. No. 214/2011 — Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.