Government of the 19th Dáil

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Government of the 19th Dáil
13th Government of Ireland
Date formed2 July 1969
Date dissolved14 March 1973
People and organisations
Head of stateÉamon de Valera
Head of governmentJack Lynch
Deputy head of governmentErskine H. Childers
Total no. of ministers14
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMajority Government
Opposition leaderLiam Cosgrave (Fine Gael)
Election(s)1969 general election
Legislature term(s)19th Dáil
Predecessor12th Government
Successor14th Government

The 19th Dáil was elected at the 1969 general election on 18 June 1969 and first met on 2 July when the 13th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 19th Dáil lasted for 1,351 days.

13th Government of Ireland[edit]

The 13th Government of Ireland (2 July 1969 – 14 March 1973) was formed by the Fianna Fáil party.[1]

Office Name Term
Taoiseach Jack Lynch 1969–73
Tánaiste Erskine H. Childers 1969–73
Minister for Health
Minister for Agriculture Neil Blaney 1969–70
Minister for Defence Jim Gibbons 1969–70
Minister for Education Pádraig Faulkner 1969–73
Minister for Finance Charles Haughey 1969–70
Minister for External Affairs Patrick Hillery 1969–73
Minister for the Gaeltacht George Colley 1969–73
Minister for Industry and Commerce 1969–70
Minister for Justice Mícheál Ó Móráin 1969–70
Minister for Labour Joseph Brennan 1969–73
Minister for Lands Seán Flanagan 1969–73
Minister for Local Government Kevin Boland 1969–70
Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Patrick Lalor 1969–73
Minister for Transport and Power Brian Lenihan 1969–73

Changes 9 May 1970[edit]

Due to the Arms Crisis, Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney were sacked by Jack Lynch on 6 May 1970 when they refused to resign. Kevin Boland resigned from the government in protest at the sackings. Mícheál Ó Móráin who was in hospital at the time was asked to resign on 4 May 1970.

Office Name Term
Minister for Agriculture Jim Gibbons 1970–73
Minister for Defence Jerry Cronin 1970–73
Minister for Finance George Colley 1970–73
Minister for Industry and Commerce Patrick Lalor 1970–73
Minister for Justice Desmond O'Malley 1970–73
Minister for Local Government Bobby Molloy 1970–73
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Gerry Collins 1970–73
Minister for Social Welfare Joseph Brennan 1970–73

Changes 3 January 1973[edit]

In January 1973 Patrick Hillery was appointed the Irelands's first European Commissioner.

Office Name Term
Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Lenihan 1973
Minister for Transport and Power Michael O'Kennedy 1973

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Government – Nineteenth Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013.