Minister of State at the Department of Finance

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The Minister of State at the Department of Finance is a junior ministerial post in the Department of Finance of the Government of Ireland. The Minister works together with the Minister for Finance and has special responsibility for the Office of Public Works which oversees the preservation of government and historic buildings. The Minister of State does not hold cabinet rank. The position was created on 1 January 1978, replacing the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance.

The current incumbent is Simon Harris, TD, who took office in July 2014.[1]

List of office-holders[edit]

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance 1924–1978[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
1. John M. O'Sullivan 1 December 1924 27 January 1926 Cumann na nGaedheal
2. Eamonn Duggan 10 May 1926 23 May 1927 Cumann na nGaedheal
3. Séamus Burke 24 June 1927 9 March 1932 Cumann na nGaedheal
4. Hugo Flinn 10 March 1932 28 January 1943 Fianna Fáil
5. Seán Moylan 10 February 1943 26 June 1943 Fianna Fáil
6. Paddy Smith 2 July 1943 31 December 1947 Fianna Fáil
7. Seán O'Grady 1 January 1947 18 February 1948 Fianna Fáil
8. Michael Donnellan (1st time) 18 February 1948 13 June 1951 Clann na Talmhan
9. Patrick Beegan (1st time) 13 June 1951 2 June 1954 Fianna Fáil
Michael Donnellan (2nd time) 2 June 1954 20 March 1957 Clann na Talmhan
Patrick Beegan (2nd time) 20 March 1957 24 February 1958 Fianna Fáil
10. Gerald Bartley 24 February 1958 23 July 1959 Fianna Fáil
11. Joseph Brennan 27 July 1959 15 September 1961 Fianna Fáil
12. Donogh O'Malley 11 October 1961 21 April 1965 Fianna Fáil
13. Jim Gibbons 21 April 1965 2 July 1969 Fianna Fáil
14. Noel Lemass, Jnr 2 July 1969 14 March 1973 Fianna Fáil
15. Henry Kenny 14 March 1973 30 September 1975 Fine Gael
16. Michael Begley 30 September 1975 25 May 1977 Fine Gael
17. Pearse Wyse 5 July 1977 1 January 1978 Fianna Fáil

Minister of State at the Department of Finance 1978–present[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
1. Pearse Wyse 1 January 1978 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil
2. Tom McEllistrim 13 December 1979 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
3. Joseph Bermingham (1st time) 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Labour Party
4. Sylvester Barrett 23 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
Joseph Bermingham (2nd time) 16 December 1982 2 February 1986 Labour Party
5. Avril Doyle 2 February 1986 21 January 1987 Fine Gael
6. Noel Treacy (1st time) 12 March 1987 12 July 1989 Fianna Fáil
7. Brendan Daly 19 July 1989 6 February 1991 Fianna Fáil
8. Vincent Brady 6 February 1991 15 November 1991 Fianna Fáil
9. John O'Donoghue 15 November 1991 13 February 1992 Fianna Fáil
Noel Treacy (2nd time) 13 February 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil
10. Noel Dempsey 14 January 1993 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil
11. Hugh Coveney (1st time) 20 December 1994 10 February 1995 Fine Gael
12. Jim Higgins 10 February 1995 24 May 1995 Fine Gael
Hugh Coveney (2nd time) 24 May 1995 26 June 1997 Fine Gael
13. Martin Cullen 8 July 1997 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil
14. Tom Parlon 19 June 2002 20 June 2007 Progressive Democrats
14. Noel Ahern 20 June 2007 13 May 2008 Fianna Fáil
15. Martin Mansergh 13 May 2008 9 March 2011 Fianna Fáil
15. Brian Hayes 10 March 2011 23 May 2014 Fine Gael
16. Simon Harris 15 July 2014 Incumbent Fine Gael

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