Minister of State for Research & Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development

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The Minister of State for Research & Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development is a junior ministerial post in the Department of Agriculture and the Marine of the Government of Ireland. The office was previously titled Minister of State for Food and Horticulture from 1993 to 2011, Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety from 2011 to 2016 and ‘’Minister for Food and Horticulture’’ from 2016 to 2020.

The Minister works together with the senior Minister in this department and has special responsibility for all affairs in relation to food, forestry, horticulture and food safety. The Minister of State does not hold cabinet rank.

The current office-holder is Martin Heydon, TD, who was appointed in July 2020.

List of office-holders[edit]

Minister of State for Food and Horticulture 1993–2011[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
1. Brian O'Shea 14 January 1993 19 November 1994 Labour Party
2. Jimmy Deenihan 20 December 1994 26 June 1997 Fine Gael
3. Ned O'Keeffe 8 July 1997 17 February 2001 Fianna Fáil
4. Éamon Ó Cuív 19 February 2001 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil
5. Noel Treacy 19 June 2002 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil
6. Brendan Smith 29 September 2004 20 June 2007 Fianna Fáil
7. Trevor Sargent[1] 20 June 2007 23 February 2010 Green Party
8. Ciarán Cuffe 23 March 2010 23 January 2011 Green Party

Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety 2011–2016[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
9. Shane McEntee 10 March 2011 21 December 2012 Fine Gael
10. Tom Hayes 5 June 2013 5 May 2016 Fine Gael

Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture 2016–2020[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
11. Andrew Doyle 6 May 2016 27 June 2020 Fine Gael

Minister of State for Research & Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development 2020–present[edit]

No. Name Term of office Party
12. Martin Heydon 1 July 2020 Incumbent Fine Gael

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sargent resigns as Minister of State". RTÉ News. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010.