Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability

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The Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability is a junior ministerial post in the Department of Health of the Government of Ireland.[1] The Minister works together with the senior Minister in the department and has special responsibility for all disability and equality issues. The Minister of State does not hold cabinet rank.

It was created in 1997 as Minister of State for Equality. In 2008, Disability Issues and Mental Health were added to the office. In 2010, the title was changed to Equality and Human Rights, and Integration. In March 2011, the title was changed to Disability, Equality and Mental Health. In July 2014, the title was changed to its current form.

The current holder is Kathleen Lynch, TD who took office in March 2011.

List of office-holders[edit]

Minister of State for Equality 1997–2008[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
1. Mary Wallace 8 July 1997 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil
2. Willie O'Dea 19 June 2002 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil
3. Frank Fahey 29 September 2004 20 June 2007 Fianna Fáil
4. Seán Power 20 June 2007 13 May 2008 Fianna Fáil

Minister of State for Equality, Disability Issues and Mental Health 2008–2010[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
5. John Moloney 13 May 2008 23 March 2010 Fianna Fáil

Minister of State for Equality and Human Rights, and Integration 2010–2011[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
6. Mary White 23 March 2010 23 January 2011 Green Party

Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health 2011–2014[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
7. Kathleen Lynch 10 March 2011 15 July 2014 Labour Party

Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability 2014–present[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
Kathleen Lynch 15 July 2014 Incumbent Labour Party

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