Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

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The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is a junior ministerial post in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of the Government of Ireland and assists the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. A Minister of State does not hold cabinet rank.

There are currently two Ministers of State, who were appointed in 2020:

  • Senator Pippa Hackett – Minister of State with responsibility for Land Use and Biodiversity; and
  • Martin Heydon, TD – Minister of State with responsibility for Research & Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development.[1][2]

List of Parliamentary Secretaries[edit]

Name Term of office Party Government
Paddy Smith 1 January 1947 21 January 1947 Fianna Fáil 4th
Gerald Bartley 19 June 1951 2 June 1954 Fianna Fáil 6th
Oliver J. Flanagan 3 June 1954 20 March 1957 Fine Gael 7th
Patrick Lalor 21 April 1965 10 November 1966 Fianna Fáil 11th
Don Davern 16 November 1966 2 July 1969 Fianna Fáil 12th
Jerry Cronin 2 July 1969 9 May 1970 Fianna Fáil 13th
Jackie Fahey 9 May 1970 14 March 1973 Fianna Fáil
Michael Murphy 14 March 1973 5 July 1977 Labour 14th
Thomas Hussey 5 July 1977 1 January 1978 Fianna Fáil 15th

List of Ministers of State[edit]

Department of Agriculture 1978–1987[edit]

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
Thomas Hussey 1 January 1978 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil 15th
12 December 1979 17 December 1980 16th
Lorcan Allen 12 December 1979 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil 16th
Michael Smith 17 December 1980 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil 16th
Michael D'Arcy 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Fine Gael Production and Marketing 17th
Ted Nealon 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Fine Gael Western Development 17th
Lorcan Allen 23 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil Land Commission, Production and Marketing 18th
Bernard Cowen 23 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil Disadvantaged Areas 18th
Patrick Hegarty 16 December 1982 10 March 1987 Fine Gael Production 19th
Paul Connaughton Snr 16 December 1982 10 March 1987 Fine Gael Land Structure and Development 19th

Department of Agriculture and Food 1987–1993[edit]

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
Joe Walsh 12 March 1987 12 July 1989 Fianna Fáil Food Industry 20th
19 July 1989 11 February 1992 21st
Séamus Kirk 12 March 1987 12 July 1989 Fianna Fáil Horticulture 20th
19 July 1989 11 February 1992 Fianna Fáil Horticulture 21st
John Browne 13 February 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil Food industry 22nd
Liam Hyland 13 February 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil Horticulture

Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry 1993–1997[edit]

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
Liam Hyland 14 January 1993 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil Forestry and Rural Development 23rd
Brian O'Shea 14 January 1993 17 November 1994 Labour Food and Horticulture 23rd
Jimmy Deenihan 20 December 1994 26 June 1997 Fine Gael 24th

Department of Agriculture and Food 1997–1999[edit]

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
Noel Davern 8 July 1997 27 September 1999 Fianna Fáil Livestock breeding and horticulture 25th
Ned O'Keeffe 8 July 1997 27 September 1999 Fianna Fáil Food 25th

Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development 1999–2002[edit]

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
Noel Davern 27 September 1999 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil Livestock breeding and horticulture 25th
Ned O'Keeffe 27 September 1999 17 February 2001 Fianna Fáil Food 25th
Éamon Ó Cuív 19 February 2001 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil Rural development and the Western Development Commission 25th

Department of Agriculture and Food 2002–2007[edit]

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
Noel Treacy 19 June 2007 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil Food and horticulture 26th
Liam Aylward 19 June 2007 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil Animal Health and Welfare; and Customer Service 26th
John Browne 29 September 2004 14 February 2006 Fianna Fáil Forestry 26th
Brendan Smith 29 September 2004 14 June 2007 Fianna Fáil Food and Horticulture 26th
Mary Wallace 14 February 2006 14 June 2007 Fianna Fáil Forestry 26th

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2007–2011[edit]

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
John Browne 20 June 2007 7 May 2008 Fianna Fáil Fisheries 27th
Trevor Sargent 20 June 2007 23 February 2010 Green Food and Horticulture 27th • 28th
Tony Killeen 13 May 2008 23 March 2010 Fianna Fáil Fisheries and Forestry 28th
Ciarán Cuffe 23 March 2010 23 January 2011 Green Horticulture 28th
Seán Connick 23 March 2010 9 March 2011 Fianna Fáil Fisheries and Forestry 28th

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine 2011–present[edit]

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
Shane McEntee 10 March 2011 21 December 2012 Fine Gael Food, Horticulture and Food Safety 29th
Tom Hayes 5 June 2013 6 May 2016 Fine Gael Food, Horticulture and Food Safety 29th
Ann Phelan 15 July 2014 6 May 2016 Labour Rural Economic Development 29th
Andrew Doyle 19 May 2016 14 June 2017 Fine Gael Food, Forestry and Horticulture 30th
20 June 2017 27 June 2020 31st
Pippa Hackett[3] 27 June 2020 Incumbent Green Land Use and Biodiversity 32nd[4]
Martin Heydon 1 July 2020 Incumbent Fine Gael Research & Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Ministers and Ministers of State", Government of Ireland, archived from the original on 7 August 2020, retrieved 4 August 2020
  2. ^ "Ministers". Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Archived from the original on 16 July 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  3. ^ Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order (S.I. No. 40 of 2021). 2 February 2021. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved 15 February 2021, Irish Statute Book.
  4. ^ "Appointment of Ministers and Ministers of State – Dáil Éireann (33rd Dáil) – Tuesday, 7 July 2020". Houses of the Oireachtas. Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2021.