Government of the 24th Dáil
|Government of the 24th Dáil|
|19th Government of Ireland|
|Date formed||14 December 1982|
|Date dissolved||10 March 1987|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Patrick Hillery|
|Head of government||Garret FitzGerald|
|Deputy head of government||Dick Spring (1982–87)
Peter Barry (1987)
|Total no. of ministers||15|
|Member parties||Fine Gael
Labour Party (Dec. 1982 – Jan. 1987)
|Status in legislature||Majority Coalition|
|Opposition leader||Charles Haughey (Fianna Fáil)|
|Election(s)||November 1982 general election|
|Legislature term(s)||24th Dáil|
The 24th Dáil was elected at the second general election of 1982 on 24 November 1982 and first met on 14 December when the 19th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 24th Dáil lasted for 1,546 days.
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The government resorted to high marginal tax rates to curb the national debt, which had increased when spending commitments accrued under the 1977–81 government's expansion of the public sector became unsustainable after the 1979 energy crisis. High taxes and high unemployment brought a return to high net emigration, a long-established Irish flow which had temporarily reversed in the 1970s. An economic policy document, "Building on reality", was published in 1984.
The "republican crusade" flagged by Garret Fitzgerald in 1981 saw some changes in policy on Northern Ireland and social issues. In the former, the government's New Ireland Forum was a prelude to the Anglo-Irish Agreement signed in 1985. In the latter, a referendum to ease the ban on divorce was defeated in 1986, while a bill to ease restrictions on contraception, passed in 1985, was supported by Desmond O'Malley, expelled as a result from Fianna Fáil.
19th Government of Ireland
- On 12 December 1983 the Department of Industry and Energy was renamed as the Department of Energy
- On 12 December 1983 the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism was renamed as the Department of Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism
- Garret FitzGerald took over the Trade, Commerce and Tourism portfolio on a temporary basis, following the resignation of Frank Cluskey.
- On 2 January 1984 the Department of Posts and Telegraphs was abolished and replaced by the Department of Communications.
- On 19 February 1986 the Department of Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism was renamed as the Department of Industry and Commerce.
- On 19 February 1986 the Department of Fisheries and Forestry was renamed as the Department of Tourism, Fisheries and Forestry.
- Members of the 24th Dáil
- Ministers of State of the 24th Dáil
- Members of the 17th Seanad
- Dáil Éireann
- Constitution of Ireland
- Politics of the Republic of Ireland
- Department of the Taoiseach (2 October 1984). Building on Reality 1984-87 (National Economic Plan) (PDF). Government publications. Pl.2648 (8679). Ireland: Oireachtas. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act, 1985". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "History of Government – Twenty-Fourth Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013.