Government of the 15th Dáil

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Government of the 15th Dáil
7th Government of Ireland
US visit of Taoiseach Costello in 1956 (cropped).jpg
Date formed2 June 1954
Date dissolved20 March 1957
People and organisations
Head of stateSeán T. O'Kelly
Head of governmentJohn A. Costello
Deputy head of governmentWilliam Norton
Total no. of ministers13
Member partiesFine Gael
Labour Party
Clann na Talmhan
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition leaderÉamon de Valera (Fianna Fáil)
History
Election(s)1954 general election
Legislature term(s)15th Dáil
Predecessor6th Government
Successor8th Government

The 15th Dáil was elected at the 1954 general election on 18 May. When it first met on 2 June, the 7th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 15th Dáil lasted for 1,022 days.

7th Government of Ireland[edit]

The 7th Government of Ireland (2 June 1954 – 20 March 1957) — commonly known as the Second Inter-Party Government — was the government of Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Clann na Talmhan that led Ireland from 1954 to 1957. Clann na Poblachta, which had been in the First Inter-Party Government with these parties, supported the formation but did form part of it. The government ended when the Clann na Poblachta withdrew their support in 1957. The nomination on John A. Costello as Taoiseach was approved by the Dáil by 79 to 66 and he was appointed by the president.[1]

The Ministers of the Government were proposed by the Taoiseach and approved by the Dáil.[2]

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach John A. Costello 1954–57 Fine Gael
Tánaiste William Norton 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for Industry and Commerce
Minister for Education Richard Mulcahy 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Lands Joseph Blowick 1954–57 Clann na Talmhan
Minister for Justice James Everett 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for Agriculture James Dillon 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Defence Seán Mac Eoin 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Michael Keyes 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for External Affairs Liam Cosgrave 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Social Welfare Brendan Corish 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for Finance Gerard Sweetman 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Local Government Patrick O'Donnell 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Health Tom O'Higgins 1954–57 Fine Gael

Change 2 July 1956[edit]

On establishment of the Department of the Gaeltacht.[3][4]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for the Gaeltacht Richard Mulcahy 1956 Fine Gael

Changes 24 October 1956[edit]

Assignment of separate Minister for the Gaeltacht.[5]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for the Gaeltacht Patrick Lindsay 1956–57 Fine Gael

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 2 June 1954: Nomination of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 2 June 1954: Appointment of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 2 June 1954: Nomination of Members of Government: Motion of Approval". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 3 July 1956: Aireacht na Gaeltachta. - Aire agus Rúnaí Parlaiminte a Cheapadh". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  4. ^ "S.I. No. 152/1956 - Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1956 (Appointed Day) Order 1956". Irish Statute Book. 28 June 1956. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 24 October 1956: Nomination of Members of Governmen: Motion of Approval". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 24 October 1956: Minister for Gaeltacht—Statement by Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 August 2019.