Government of the 27th Dáil

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The 27th Dáil was elected at the 1992 general election on 25 November 1992 but did not meet until 4 January 1993, however the 23rd Government of Ireland was not appointed until 12 January. The 27th Dáil lasted a total of 1,654 days.

23rd Government of Ireland[edit]

Government of the 27th Dáil
23rd Government of Ireland
Date formed 12 January 1993
Date dissolved 15 December 1994
People and organizations
Head of government Albert Reynolds
Deputy head of government Dick Spring
Bertie Ahern
Head of state Mary Robinson
Total number of ministers 16
Member parties Fianna Fáil
Labour Party
Status in legislature Coalition
Opposition leader John Bruton (Fine Gael)
History
Election(s) 1992 general election
Legislature term(s) 27th Dáil
Previous 22nd Government of Ireland
Successor 24th Government of Ireland

The 23rd Government of Ireland (12 January 1993 – 15 December 1994) was formed by the Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party.[1] It was the first time that these two parties were in government together, as traditionally Fine Gael was the coalition partner of the Labour Party.

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Albert Reynolds 1993–1994 Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Dick Spring[2] 1993–1994 Labour Party
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry[3] Joe Walsh 1993–1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence David Andrews 1993–1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Marine
Minister for Education Niamh Bhreathnach[2] 1993–1994 Labour Party
Minister for Energy Brian Cowen 1993 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment Michael Smith 1993–1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Finance Bertie Ahern 1993–1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Industry and Commerce[4] 1993
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht[5] Michael D. Higgins[2] 1993–1994 Labour Party
Minister for Health Brendan Howlin[2] 1993–1994 Labour Party
Minister for Enterprise and Employment[4] Ruairi Quinn[2] 1993–1994 Labour Party
Minister for Justice Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 1993–1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Equality and Law Reform[6] Mervyn Taylor[2] 1993–1994 Labour Party
Minister for Social Welfare Michael Woods 1993–1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications Charlie McCreevy 1993 Fianna Fáil

Changes 22 January 1993[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Tourism and Trade[7] Charlie McCreevy 1993–1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications[8] Brian Cowen 1993–1994 Fianna Fáil

Changes 18 November 1994[edit]

The Labour Party ministers resigned from the government on 17 November 1994.
No new members joined the Cabinet and their portfolios were reassigned to Fianna Fáil ministers

Office Name Term Party
Tánaiste Bertie Ahern 1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht
Minister for Education Michael Smith 1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Albert Reynolds 1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health Michael Woods 1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise and Employment Charlie McCreevy 1994 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Equality and Law Reform Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 1994 Fianna Fáil

24th Government of Ireland[edit]

Government of the 27th Dáil
24th Government of Ireland
Date formed 15 December 1994
Date dissolved 26 June 1997
People and organizations
Head of government John Bruton
Deputy head of government Dick Spring
Head of state Mary Robinson
Total number of ministers 15
Member parties Fine Gael
Labour Party
Democratic Left
Status in legislature Rainbow Coalition
Opposition leader Bertie Ahern (Fianna Fáil)
History
Legislature term(s) 27th Dáil
Previous 23rd Government of Ireland
Successor 25th Government of Ireland

The 24th Government of Ireland (15 December 1994 – 26 June 1997) was formed by Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Democratic Left.[1] Following a number of scandals in 1994, particularly over the beef industry and the alleged mishandling of the prosecution of Brendan Smyth, a clerical paedophile, the Labour Party left the 23rd government and, after negotiations, formed the 24th government (known as the Rainbow Coalition although the term originally referred to a proposed coalition of Fine Gael, the Labour Party and the Progressive Democrats) with Fine Gael and Democratic Left. This was the first time in Irish political history that a party had left a governing coalition and gone into government with opposition parties without first holding a general election.

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach John Bruton 1994–1997 Fine Gael
Tánaiste Dick Spring 1994–1997 Labour Party
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Ivan Yates 1994–1997 Fine Gael
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Michael D. Higgins 1994–1997 Labour Party
Minister for Defence Hugh Coveney[9] 1994–1995 Fine Gael
Minister for the Marine
Minister for Education Niamh Bhreathnach 1994–1997 Labour Party
Minister for Equality and Law Reform Mervyn Taylor 1994–1997 Labour Party
Minister for Enterprise and Employment Richard Bruton 1994–1997 Fine Gael
Minister for the Environment Brendan Howlin 1994–1997 Labour Party
Minister for Finance Ruairi Quinn 1994–1997 Labour Party
Minister for Health Michael Noonan 1994–1997 Fine Gael
Minister for Justice Nora Owen 1994–1997 Fine Gael
Minister for Social Welfare Proinsias De Rossa 1994–1997 Democratic Left
Minister for Tourism and Trade Enda Kenny 1994–1997 Fine Gael
Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications Michael Lowry[10] 1994–1996 Fine Gael

Changes 23 May 1995[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Defence Seán Barrett 1995–1997 Fine Gael
Minister for the Marine

Changes 30 November 1996[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications John Bruton (acting) Fine Gael

Changes 3 December 1996[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications Alan Dukes 1996–1997 Fine Gael

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History of Government – Twenty-Seventh Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f On 17 November 1994 the Labour Party ministers resigned from the government and their portfolios were reassigned to Fianna Fáil ministers.
  3. ^ On 21 January 1993 the Department of Agriculture and Food was renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
  4. ^ a b On 21 January 1993 the Department of Industry and Commerce was renamed as the Department of Enterprise and Employment.
  5. ^ On 21 January 1993 the Department of the Gaeltacht was renamed as the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
  6. ^ On 21 January 1993 the Department of Labour was renamed as the Department of Equality and Law Reform.
  7. ^ On 22 January 1993 the Department of Energy was renamed as the Department of Tourism and Trade.
  8. ^ On 22 January 1993 the Department of Tourism, Transport and Communications was renamed as the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications.
  9. ^ Hugh Coveney was demoted to a junior ministry in 1995 after allegations of improper contact with businessmen.
  10. ^ Michael Lowry resigned in 1996 following reports of improper payments from businessman Ben Dunne.