Government of the 30th Dáil

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The 30th Dáil was elected at the 2007 general election on 24 May 2007 and first met on 14 June when President Mary McAleese appointed Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach, on the nomination of Dáil Éireann. On the nomination of the Taoiseach, and following the Dáil's approval the following the 27th Government of Ireland was appointed.[1]

27th Government of Ireland[edit]

Government of the 30th Dáil
27th Government of Ireland
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Date formed 14 June 2007
Date dissolved 7 May 2008
People and organizations
Head of government Bertie Ahern
Deputy head of government Brian Cowen
Head of state Mary McAleese
Total number of ministers 15
Member party Fianna Fáil
Green Party
Progressive Democrats
Status in legislature Coalition
Opposition leader Enda Kenny (Fine Gael)
History
Election(s) 2007 general election
Legislature term(s) 30th Dáil
Previous 26th Government of Ireland
Successor 28th Government of Ireland

The 27th Government of Ireland (14 June 2007 – 7 May 2008) was composed of Fianna Fáil, the Green Party and the Progressive Democrats.[2] It was also supported by four Independent TDs. The independent TDs who supported the 27th Government were: Beverley Flynn, Jackie Healy-Rae, Michael Lowry and Finian McGrath. Flynn later rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party in April 2008. The members of the cabinet were:

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Brian Cowen 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Finance
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food[3] Mary Coughlan 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Séamus Brennan 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources[4] Eamon Ryan 2007–08 Green Party
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley 2007–08 Green Party
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney 2007–08 Progressive Democrats
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Brian Lenihan 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social and Family Affairs Martin Cullen 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey 2007–08 Fianna Fáil

The government positions are listed in alphabetical order, rather than in terms of seniority.

28th Government of Ireland[edit]

Government of the 30th Dáil
28th Government of Ireland
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Date formed 7 May 2008
Date dissolved 9 March 2011
People and organizations
Head of government Brian Cowen
Deputy head of government Mary Coughlan
Head of state Mary McAleese
Total number of ministers 15
Member party Fianna Fáil
Green Party
Progressive Democrats
Status in legislature Coalition
Opposition leader Enda Kenny (Fine Gael)
History
Legislature term(s) 30th Dáil
Budget(s) 2009, 2010, 2011
Previous 27th Government of Ireland
Successor 29th Government of Ireland

The 28th Government of Ireland (7 May 2008 – 9 March 2011) was formed following the resignation of Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach on 6 May 2008 and the subsequent election of Brian Cowen as Ireland's 12th head of government.[5] It was initially composed of Fianna Fáil, the Green Party, the Progressive Democrats and supported by two independent TDs.[6] Following the disbandment of the Progressive Democrats in 2009, it became a coalition of Fianna Fáil and the Green Party with the support of three independent TDs, including Mary Harney. A cabinet reshuffle took place on 23 March 2010, following the resignations of Willie O'Dea and Martin Cullen. After the resignations of six ministers in January 2011, the vacant portfolios were reassigned to other ministers;[7] with the subsequent resignation of Brian Cowen as leader of Fianna Fáil on 22 January 2011, the Green Party withdrew their support from the government, precipitating a general election.[8]

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Brian Cowen 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Mary Coughlan 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment 2008–10
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Brendan Smith 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Martin Cullen 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan 2008–11 Green Party
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science Batt O'Keeffe 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley 2008–11 Green Party
Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney 2008–11 Independent
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform[9] Dermot Ahern 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey 2008–11 Fianna Fáil

Changes 23 March 2010[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs[10] Pat Carey 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Tony Killeen 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Skills[11] Mary Coughlan 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation[12] Batt O'Keeffe 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social Protection[13] Éamon Ó Cuív 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport[14] Mary Hanafin 2010–11 Fianna Fáil

Changes 20 January 2011[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Defence Éamon Ó Cuív 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Mary Hanafin 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs[15] Brian Cowen 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Mary Coughlan 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Justice and Law Reform Brendan Smith 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport Pat Carey 2011 Fianna Fáil

Changes 23 January 2011[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Carey 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Éamon Ó Cuív 2011 Fianna Fáil

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Under Article 13.1.1 of the 1937 Constitution of Ireland, the Dáil nominates a person whom it instructs the President to appoint as Taoiseach. The Taoiseach, following his appointment, then nominates his ministerial team en bloc to the Dáil for approval, in accordance with Article 13.1.2. If the Dáil duly approves the list, the President proceeds to appoint them. Though it is often said that the Taoiseach and government are elected by the Dáil that is technically incorrect. They only become ministers when the President appoints them and they receive their seal of office, not by means of the parliamentary vote, although the President's appointment is automatic when they have been duly approved.
  2. ^ "History of Government – Thirtieth Dáil – Twenty-Seventh Government". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ On 14 June 2007 the Department of Agriculture and Food was renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  4. ^ On 14 June 2007 the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources was renamed as the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
  5. ^ "History of Government – Thirtieth Dáil – Twenty-Eighth Government". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  6. ^ The independent TDs that supported the 28th Government were: Jackie Healy-Rae and Michael Lowry. Finian McGrath supported the government until October 2008.
  7. ^ "Election date set after day of political drama". RTÉ News. 20 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Green Party withdraws from Government". RTÉ News. 23 January 2011. 
  9. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform was renamed as the Department of Justice and Law Reform.
  10. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs was renamed as the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.
  11. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Education and Science was renamed as the Department of Education and Skills.
  12. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment was renamed as the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.
  13. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Social and Family Affairs was renamed as the Department of Social Protection.
  14. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism was renamed as the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  15. ^ Brian Cowen assigned the Foreign Affairs portfolio to himself after the resignation of Micheál Martin.

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