Ministers of State of the 31st Dáil

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This is a list of Ministers of State of the 31st Dáil. On 9 March 2011, the 29th Government of Ireland was nominated by Dáil Éireann on the advice of the Taoiseach, and then appointed by the President. The Fine GaelLabour Party coalition was led by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

On that day Kenny announced to the Dáil that he would appoint Paul Kehoe, TD to the post of Minister for State at the Department of the Taoiseach with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence. Willie Penrose, TD was appointed on the same date to the position of Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. On 10 March 2011, 13 other Ministerial appointments were announced.[1]

Ministers of State of the 29th Government (10 March 2011 – present)[edit]

Name Office Department(s) Party Term
Paul Kehoe Government Chief Whip Taoiseach Fine Gael 2011–
Minister of State for Defence Defence
Willie Penrose Minister of State for Housing and Planning Environment, Community and Local Government Labour Party 2011
Dinny McGinley Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Fine Gael 2011–14
Róisín Shortall Minister of State for Primary Care Health Labour Party 2011–12
John Perry Minister of State for Small Business Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Fine Gael 2011–14
Michael Ring Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Transport, Tourism and Sport Fine Gael 2011–
Jan O'Sullivan Minister of State for Trade and Development Foreign Affairs and Trade Labour Party 2011
Kathleen Lynch Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health Justice and Equality
Health
Labour Party 2011–14
Fergus O'Dowd Minister of State for the NewERA Project[2] Environment, Community and Local Government
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Fine Gael 2011–14
Brian Hayes Minister of State at the Department of Finance
for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works
Public Expenditure and Reform
Finance
Fine Gael 2011–14
Shane McEntee Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety Agriculture, Food and the Marine Fine Gael 2011–12
Lucinda Creighton Minister of State for European Affairs Taoiseach
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fine Gael 2011–12
Seán Sherlock Minister of State for Research and Innovation Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Education and Skills
Labour Party 2011–14
Ciarán Cannon Minister of State for Training and Skills Education and Skills Fine Gael 2011–14
Alan Kelly Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport Transport, Tourism and Sport Labour Party 2011–14

20 December 2011[edit]

Changes following the resignation of Willie Penrose on 15 November 2011

Jan O'Sullivan Minister of State for Housing and Planning Environment, Community and Local Government Labour Party 2011–14
Joe Costello Minister of State for Trade and Development Foreign Affairs and Trade Labour Party 2011–14

26 September 2012[edit]

Change following the resignation of Róisín Shortall on 26 September 2012

Alex White Minister of State for Primary Care Health Labour Party 2012–14

5 June 2013[edit]

Change following the death of Shane McEntee on 21 December 2012

Tom Hayes Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety Agriculture, Food and the Marine Fine Gael 2013–

12 July 2013[edit]

Change following the resignation of Lucinda Creighton on 11 July 2012

Paschal Donohoe Minister of State for European Affairs Taoiseach
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fine Gael 2013–14

15 July 2014[edit]

Change following the cabinet reshuffle in July 2014[3]

Gerald Nash Minister of State for Business and Employment Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Labour Party 2014–
Jimmy Deenihan Minister of State for the Diaspora Taoiseach
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fine Gael 2014–
Kathleen Lynch Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability Health Labour Party 2014–
Seán Sherlock Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance,
Trade Promotion and North/South Cooperation
Foreign Affairs and Trade Labour Party 2014–
Damien English Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Education and Skills
Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Fine Gael 2014–
Joe McHugh Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Fine Gael 2014–
Paudie Coffey Minister of State for Housing, Planning
and Co-ordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy
Environment, Community and Local Government Fine Gael 2014–
Simon Harris Minister of State for the Office of Public Works, Public Procurement
and International Banking
Finance
Public Expenditure and Reform
Taoiseach
Fine Gael 2014–
Kevin Humphreys Minister of State for Employment, Community and Social Support Social Protection Labour Party 2014–
Dara Murphy Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection Taoiseach
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fine Gael 2014–
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality Justice and Equality
Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Labour Party 2014–
Ann Phelan Minister of State for Rural Economic Development
and Rural Transport
Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Transport, Tourism and Sport
Labour Party 2014–

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Government appoints Ministers of State". MerrionStreet.ie. 10 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Government economic stimulus plan
  3. ^ "Simon Harris among new Ministers of State". RTÉ News. 15 July 2014. 

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