Government of the 15th Dáil

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Government of the 15th Dáil
7th Government of Ireland
Date formed 2 June 1954
Date dissolved 20 March 1957
People and organizations
Head of government John A. Costello
Deputy head of government William Norton
Head of state Seán T. O'Kelly
Total number of ministers 13
Member parties Fine Gael
Labour Party
Clann na Talmhan
Status in legislature Coalition
Opposition leader Éamon de Valera (Fianna Fáil)
History
Election(s) 1954 general election
Legislature term(s) 15th Dáil
Previous 6th Government of Ireland
Successor 8th Government of Ireland

The 15th Dáil was elected at the 1954 general election on 18 May 1954 and first met on 2 June when the 7th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 15th Dáil lasted for 1,022 days.

7th Government of Ireland[edit]

The 7th Government of Ireland (2 June 1954 – 20 March 1957) – or more commonly the Second Inter-Party Government – is the name given to the government which led Ireland from 1954 to 1957.[1] The coalition consisted of Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Clann na Talmhan. Yet again a dislike of Fianna Fáil overcame all other problems in forming a government. This is the earliest Irish cabinet to have one of its members, specifically Liam Cosgrave, still living.

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach John A. Costello 1954–57 Fine Gael
Tánaiste William Norton 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for Industry and Commerce
Minister for Agriculture James Dillon 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Defence Seán Mac Eoin 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Education Richard Mulcahy 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for the Gaeltacht 1956
Minister for External Affairs Liam Cosgrave 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Finance Gerard Sweetman 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Health Tom O'Higgins 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Justice James Everett 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for Lands Joseph Blowick 1954–57 Clann na Talmhan
Minister for Local Government Patrick O'Donnell 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Michael Keyes 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for Social Welfare Brendan Corish 1954–57 Labour Party

Changes 24 October 1956[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for the Gaeltacht Patrick Lindsay 1956–57 Fine Gael

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Government – Fifteenth Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013.