Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

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Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Incumbent
Heather Humphreys

since 11 July 2014
Appointer President of Ireland on the nomination of the Taoiseach
Inaugural holder Martin O'Donoghue as Minister for Economic Planning and Development
Formation 8 July 1977
Website www.ahg.gov.ie/en/

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Irish: An tAire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta) is the senior minister at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the Government of Ireland.

The current minister is Heather Humphreys, TD. She is assisted by:

Overview[edit]

The Minister for Economic Planning and Development was created by the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 1977. The title was renamed Minister for Energy by order in 1980 and again in 1993 the title changed to Minister for Tourism and Trade. Several more title changes occurred, the current title was created on 9 March 2011 with a reshuffle of the Government of the 31st Dáil.

Culture[edit]

Creating an environment enabling the National Cultural Institutions to flourish through the provision of financial resources and an appropriate policy framework. The National Cultural Institutions include: National Archives of Ireland, National Concert Hall, National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Arts[edit]

Formulation, development and evaluation of policy and structures to promote and foster the practice and appreciation of the creative and interpretative arts and to encourage the development of the Irish film industry; enabling the national cultural institutions, as integral elements of the national culture, to preserve, protect and present for the benefit of present and future generations our moveable heritage and cultural assets.

List of office-holders[edit]

Minister for Economic Planning and Development 1977–1980[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
1. Martin O'Donoghue 8 July 1977 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil
2. Michael O'Kennedy 12 December 1979 21 January 1980 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Energy 1980–1981[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Michael O'Kennedy 21 January 1980 22 January 1980 Fianna Fáil
3. George Colley 22 January 1980 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
4. Michael O'Leary 30 June 1981 21 August 1981 Labour Party

Minister for Industry and Energy 1981–1983[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Michael O'Leary 21 August 1981 9 March 1982 Labour Party
5. Albert Reynolds (1st time) 9 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
6. John Bruton 14 December 1982 13 December 1983 Fine Gael
7. Dick Spring 13 December 1983 17 December 1983 Labour Party

Minister for Energy 1983–1993[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Dick Spring 17 December 1983 20 January 1987 Labour Party
8. Michael Noonan 20 January 1987 10 March 1987 Fine Gael
9. Ray Burke 10 March 1987 24 November 1988 Fianna Fáil
10. Michael Smith 24 November 1988 12 July 1989 Fianna Fáil
11. Bobby Molloy 12 July 1989 4 November 1992 Progressive Democrats
Albert Reynolds (2nd time) 4 November 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil
12. Brian Cowen 12 January 1993 22 January 1993 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Tourism and Trade 1993–1997[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
13. Charlie McCreevy 22 January 1993 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil
14. Enda Kenny 15 December 1994 26 June 1997 Fine Gael
15. Jim McDaid 26 June 1997 12 July 1997 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation 1997–2002[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Jim McDaid 12 July 1997 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism 2002–2010[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
16. John O'Donoghue 6 June 2002 14 June 2007 Fianna Fáil
17. Séamus Brennan 14 June 2007 6 May 2008 Fianna Fáil
18. Martin Cullen 7 May 2008 23 March 2010 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport 2010–2011[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
19. Mary Hanafin 23 March 2010 9 March 2011 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 2011–present[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
20. Jimmy Deenihan 9 March 2011 11 July 2014 Fine Gael
21. Heather Humphreys 11 July 2014 Incumbent Fine Gael

See also[edit]

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