Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

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Minister for Agriculture,
Food and the Marine
Simon Coveney2.png
Incumbent
Simon Coveney

since 9 March 2011
Appointer President of Ireland on the nomination of the Taoiseach
Inaugural holder Robert Barton as Director of Agriculture
Formation 2 April 1919
Website www.agriculture.gov.ie

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Irish: An tAire Talmhaíochta, Bia agus Mara) is the senior minister at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in the Government of Ireland. Historically, the agriculture portfolio has gone under a number of different names; the holder has often borne the title of simply Minister for Agriculture.

The current Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine is Simon Coveney, TD. He is assisted by:

Overview[edit]

The Department's functions include:

  • Policy advice and development on all areas of departmental responsibility
  • Representation in international especially European Union and national negotiations;
  • Development and implementation of national and EU schemes in support of agriculture, food, fisheries, forestry and rural development.
  • Monitoring and controlling aspects of food safety.
  • Control and audit of public expenditure under its control.
  • Regulation of the agriculture, fisheries and food industries through national and EU law.
  • Monitoring and controlling animal and plant health and animal welfare.
  • Monitoring and direction of state bodies engaged in the following areas:
    • Research training and advice.
    • Market development and promotion.
    • Industry regulation and development.
    • Commercial activities.
  • Direct provision of support services to agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry.

List of office-holders[edit]

Director of Agriculture 1919–1921[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
1. Robert Barton 2 April 1919 26 August 1921 Sinn Féin

Secretary for Agriculture 1921–1922[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
2. Art O'Connor 26 August 1921 9 January 1922 Sinn Féin

Minister for Agriculture 1922–1924[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
3. Patrick Hogan 11 January 1922 2 June 1924 Cumann na nGaedheal

Minister for Lands and Agriculture 1924–1930[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Patrick Hogan 2 June 1924 3 April 1930 Cumann na nGaedheal

Minister for Agriculture 1930–1965[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Patrick Hogan 3 April 1930 9 March 1932 Cumann na nGaedheal
4. James Ryan 9 March 1932 21 January 1947 Fianna Fáil
5. Paddy Smith (1st time) 21 January 1947 18 February 1948 Fianna Fáil
6. James Dillon (1st time) 18 February 1948 13 June 1951 Independent[1]
7. Thomas Walsh 13 June 1951 2 June 1954 Fianna Fáil
James Dillon (2nd time) 2 June 1954 20 March 1957 Fine Gael
8. Frank Aiken (1st time) 20 March 1957 16 May 1957 Fianna Fáil
9. Seán Moylan 16 May 1957 16 November 1957 Fianna Fáil
Frank Aiken (2nd time) 16 November 1957 27 November 1957 Fianna Fáil
Paddy Smith (2nd time) 27 November 1957 8 October 1964 Fianna Fáil
10. Charles Haughey 8 October 1964 6 July 1965 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries 1965–1977[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Charles Haughey 6 July 1965 10 November 1966 Fianna Fáil
11. Neil Blaney 10 November 1966 7 May 1970 Fianna Fáil
12. Jim Gibbons (1st time) 7 May 1970 14 March 1973 Fianna Fáil
13. Mark Clinton 14 March 1973 9 February 1977 Fine Gael

Minister for Agriculture 1977–1987[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Mark Clinton 9 February 1977 5 July 1977 Fine Gael
Jim Gibbons (2nd time) 5 July 1977 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil
14. Ray MacSharry 12 December 1979 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
15. Alan Dukes 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Fine Gael
16. Brian Lenihan 9 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
17. Austin Deasy 14 December 1982 10 March 1987 Fine Gael
18. Michael O'Kennedy 10 March 1987 31 March 1987 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Agriculture and Food 1987–1993[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Michael O'Kennedy 31 March 1987 14 November 1991 Fianna Fáil
19. Michael Woods 14 November 1991 11 February 1992 Fianna Fáil
20. Joe Walsh (1st time) 11 February 1992 21 January 1993 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry 1993–1997[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Joe Walsh (1st time) 21 January 1993 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil
21. Ivan Yates 15 December 1994 26 June 1997 Fine Gael
Joe Walsh (2nd time) 26 June 1997 12 July 1997 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Agriculture and Food 1997–1999[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
     Joe Walsh (2nd time) 12 July 1997 27 September 1999 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development 1999–2002[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Joe Walsh (2nd time) 29 September 1999 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Agriculture and Food 2002–2007[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Joe Walsh (2nd time) 6 June 2002 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil
22. Mary Coughlan 29 September 2004 14 June 2007 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2007–2011[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Mary Coughlan 14 June 2007 7 May 2008 Fianna Fáil
23. Brendan Smith 7 May 2008 9 March 2011 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 2011–present[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
24. Simon Coveney 9 March 2011 Incumbent Fine Gael

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Dillon resigned from Fine Gael in 1942 over his opposition to neutrality and rejoined the party only in 1953; however, he remained closely associated with Fine Gael in the intervening period.

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