Ministers of State of the 24th Dáil

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On 14 December 1982 the 19th Government of Ireland was officially appointed by Dáil Éireann. The new Fine GaelLabour Party government was led by the Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald.

On that day FitzGerald announced to the Dáil that the Government had appointed Seán Barrett, TD to the post of Minister for State at the Department of the Taoiseach with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip. On 16 December 1982, the Taoiseach announced that the Government had appointed the other Ministers of State.[1]

Ministers of State (16 December 1982 – 21 January 1987)[edit]

Name Office Department(s) Party
Seán Barrett Government Chief Whip Department of the Taoiseach Fine Gael
Minister of State at the Department of Defence Department of Defence
Nuala Fennell Minister of State for Women's Affairs Department of the Taoiseach Fine Gael
Ted Nealon Minister of State for Arts and Culture Department of the Taoiseach Fine Gael
Ruairi Quinn Minister of State for Urban Affairs and Housing Department of the Environment Labour Party
Jim O'Keeffe Minister of State for Overseas Development Department of Foreign Affairs Fine Gael
Patrick Hegarty Minister of State for Production Department of Agriculture Fine Gael
Paul Connaughton, Snr Minister of State for Land Structure and Development Department of Agriculture Fine Gael
Joseph Bermingham Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Department of Finance Labour Party
Edward Collins Minister of State for Energy Affairs Department of Industry and Energy Fine Gael
John Donnellan Minister of State for Posts and Telegraphs Service Department of Posts and Telegraphs
Department of Transport
Fine Gael
Michael Moynihan Minister of State for Tourism Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism Labour Party
George Birmingham Minister of State for Youth Affairs Department of Labour Fine Gael
Fergus O'Brien Minister of State for Public Health and Social Welfare Information Department of Health
Department of Social Welfare
Fine Gael
Donal Creed Minister of State for School Buildings and Sport Department of Education Fine Gael
Michael D'Arcy Minister of State for Fisheries and Forestry Department of Fisheries and Forestry
Department of the Gaeltacht
Fine Gael

Changes 7 January 1983[edit]

Nuala Fennell was appointed Minister of State for Family Law Reform at the Department of Justice in addition to her existing post.

Changes 18 February 1983[edit]

Ted Nealon was appointed Minister of State for Broadcasting at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs in addition to his existing post.

Changes 15 December 1983[edit]

Name Office Department(s) Party
Edward Collins Minister of State Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism Fine Gael
John Donnellan Minister of State Department of Health
Department of Social Welfare
Fine Gael
George Birmingham Minister of State Department of Education Fine Gael
Fergus O'Brien Minister of State Department of the Environment Fine Gael
Séamus Pattison Minister of State Department of Social Welfare Labour Party

Changes 13 February 1986[edit]

Name Office Department(s) Party
Fergus O'Brien Government Chief Whip Department of the Taoiseach Fine Gael
Minister of State at the Department of Defence Department of Defence
Minister of State Department of the Environment
Seán Barrett Minister of State Department of the Taoiseach
Department of Education
Fine Gael
Jim O'Keeffe Minister of State Department of the Public Service Fine Gael
Patrick Hegarty Minister of State Department of Agriculture
Department of Industry and Commerce
Fine Gael
George Birmingham Minister of State for European Affairs and Development Co-operation Department of Foreign Affairs Fine Gael
Enda Kenny Minister of State for Youth Affairs Department of Labour
Department of Education
Fine Gael
Toddy O'Sullivan Minister of State for Grants Administration Department of the Environment Labour Party
Avril Doyle Minister of State for the Office of Public Works
and Environmental Protection
Department of Finance
Department of the Environment
Fine Gael

Changes 18 February 1986[edit]

Donal Creed and Michael D'Arcy are removed from office following their refusal to resign in order to facilitate a reshuffle.

Changes 23 September 1986[edit]

Changes following the dismissal of Edward Collins.

Name Office Department(s) Party
Richard Bruton Minister of State for Energy Affairs Department of Energy
Department of Industry and Commerce
Fine Gael

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Government – Twenty-Fourth Dáil – Ministers of State". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 November 2012.