Ministers of State of the 30th Dáil

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On 14 June 2007, the 27th Government of Ireland was elected by Dáil Éireann following nomination by the Taoiseach, and then appointed by the President. The Fianna FáilGreen PartyProgressive Democrats coalition was led by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

On that day Ahern announced to the Dáil that he had re-appointed Tom Kitt, TD to the post of Minister for State at the Department of the Taoiseach with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence. Dick Roche, TD was appointed on the same date to the position of Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, with special responsibility for European Affairs. On 20 June 2007, the Taoiseach announced that the Government had appointed the other Ministers of State.[1][2] The number of Ministers of State was increased from 17 to 20 following the enactment of enabling legislation by the Oireachtas.[3] In Dáil Éireann on 26 June 2007 the Taoiseach informed the house the ministries to which the government had appointed the Ministers of State.[4] On 22 April 2009, the Taoiseach Brian Cowen reduced the number of Ministers of State from 20 to 15.[5]

Ministers of State of the 27th Government (20 June 2007 – 6 May 2008)[edit]

Name Office Department(s) Party
Tom Kitt Government Chief Whip Taoiseach Fianna Fáil
Minister of State at the Department of Defence Defence
Dick Roche Minister of State for European Affairs Foreign Affairs Fianna Fáil
Michael Kitt Minister of State for Overseas Development Foreign Affairs Fianna Fáil
Seán Haughey Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Youth Work and School Transport Education and Science
Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Fianna Fáil
Jimmy Devins Minister of State for Disability Issues and Mental Health Health and Children
Education and Science
Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Fianna Fáil
Billy Kelleher Minister of State for Labour Affairs Enterprise, Trade and Employment Fianna Fáil
Trevor Sargent Minister of State for Food and Horticulture Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Green Party
Noel Ahern Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Finance Fianna Fáil
Tony Killeen Minister of State for Environment and Energy Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Fianna Fáil
Mary Wallace Minister of State for Forestry Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Fianna Fáil
John McGuinness Minister of State for Trade and Commerce Enterprise, Trade and Employment Fianna Fáil
Máire Hoctor Minister of State for Services for Older People Health and Children
Social and Family Affairs
Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Fianna Fáil
Batt O'Keeffe Minister of State for Housing, Urban Renewal and Developing Areas Environment, Heritage and Local Government Fianna Fáil
Pat Carey Minister of State for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Fianna Fáil
Brendan Smith Minister of State for Children Health and Children Fianna Fáil
Conor Lenihan Minister of State for Integration Policy Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Education and Science
Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Fianna Fáil
Michael Ahern Minister of State for Innovation Policy Education and Science
Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Fianna Fáil
Pat "the Cope" Gallagher Minister of State for Health Promotion and Food Safety Health and Children Fianna Fáil
Seán Power Minister of State for Equality Issues Justice, Equality and Law Reform Fianna Fáil
John Browne Minister of State for Fisheries Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Fianna Fáil

Change of Taoiseach[edit]

The 28th Government of Ireland was formed following the resignation of Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach on 6 May 2008 and the subsequent appointment of Brian Cowen as Taoiseach on 7 May 2008.[6][7]

Ministers of State of the 28th Government (7 May 2008 – 9 March 2011)[edit]

Name Office Department(s) Party
Pat Carey Government Chief Whip Taoiseach Fianna Fáil
Minister of State for Active Citizenship
Minister of State at the Department of Defence Defence
Barry Andrews Minister of State for Children and Youth Affairs Health and Children Fianna Fáil
Martin Mansergh Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Finance Fianna Fáil
Minister of State for the Arts Arts, Sport and Tourism
Dick Roche Minister of State for European Affairs Foreign Affairs Fianna Fáil
Peter Power Minister of State for Overseas Development Foreign Affairs Fianna Fáil
Trevor Sargent Minister of State for Food and Horticulture Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Green Party
Seán Haughey Minister of State for Lifelong Learning and School Transport Education and Science
Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Fianna Fáil
Billy Kelleher Minister of State for Labour Affairs Enterprise, Trade and Employment Fianna Fáil
John Moloney Minister of State for Equality, Disability Issues and Mental Health Health and Children
Education and Science
Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Fianna Fáil
Seán Power Minister of State for the Information Society and Natural Resources Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Fianna Fáil
Tony Killeen Minister of State for Fisheries and Forestry Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Fianna Fáil
John McGuinness Minister of State for Trade and Commerce Enterprise, Trade and Employment Fianna Fáil
Máire Hoctor Minister of State for Older People Health and Children
Social and Family Affairs
Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Fianna Fáil
Michael Finneran Minister of State for Housing, Urban Renewal and Developing Areas Environment, Heritage and Local Government Fianna Fáil
John Curran Minister of State for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Fianna Fáil
Conor Lenihan Minister of State for Integration Policy Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Education and Science
Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Fianna Fáil
Jimmy Devins Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation Education and Science
Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Fianna Fáil
Mary Wallace Minister of State for Health Promotion and Food Safety Health and Children Fianna Fáil
Noel Ahern Minister of State for Road Safety Transport Fianna Fáil
Michael Kitt Minister of State for Local Services Environment, Heritage and Local Government Fianna Fáil

Changes 22 April 2009[edit]

As part of cost-cutting measures due to the Irish financial crisis, the Taoiseach Brian Cowen reduced the number of Ministers of State from 20 to 15. On 22 April 2009, the new junior ministers were announced, with 13 of the outgoing ministers being reappointed as well as two new appointments, Dara Calleary and Áine Brady. Seven of the outgoing ministers were dropped. They were Noel Ahern, John McGuinness, Michael Kitt, Seán Power, Máire Hoctor, Mary Wallace and Jimmy Devins.[5]

Name Office Department(s) Party
Pat Carey Government Chief Whip Taoiseach Fianna Fáil
Minister of State for Active Citizenship
Minister of State at the Department of Defence Defence
Barry Andrews Minister of State for Children and Young People Health and Children Fianna Fáil
Martin Mansergh Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Finance Fianna Fáil
Minister of State for the Arts Arts, Sport and Tourism
Dick Roche Minister of State for European Affairs Foreign Affairs Fianna Fáil
Peter Power Minister of State for Overseas Development Foreign Affairs Fianna Fáil
Trevor Sargent Minister of State for Food and Horticulture Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Green Party
Billy Kelleher Minister of State for Trade and Commerce Enterprise, Trade and Employment Fianna Fáil
Seán Haughey Minister of State for Lifelong Learning and School Transport Education and Science
Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Fianna Fáil
John Moloney Minister of State for Equality, Disability Issues and Mental Health Health and Children
Education and Science
Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Fianna Fáil
Tony Killeen Minister of State for Fisheries and Forestry Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Fianna Fáil
Áine Brady Minister of State for Older People and Health Promotion Health and Children
Social and Family Affairs
Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Fianna Fáil
Michael Finneran Minister of State for Housing and Local Services Environment, Heritage and Local Government Fianna Fáil
John Curran Minister of State for Integration and Community Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Education and Science
Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Fianna Fáil
Conor Lenihan Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Education and Science
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Fianna Fáil
Dara Calleary Minister of State for Labour Affairs Enterprise, Trade and Employment Fianna Fáil

Change 23 March 2010[edit]

Changes following the resignation of Trevor Sargent on 23 February 2010,[8] and a cabinet reshuffle on 23 March 2010, which saw Pat Carey and Tony Killeen promoted to cabinet.[9]

Name Office Department(s) Party
John Curran Government Chief Whip Taoiseach Fianna Fáil
Minister of State for Active Citizenship
Minister of State at the Department of Defence Defence
John Moloney Minister of State for Disability Issues and Mental Health Health and Children
Education and Skills
Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
Justice and Law Reform
Fianna Fáil
Dara Calleary Minister of State for Public Service Transformation and Labour Affairs Taoiseach
Finance
Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
Fianna Fáil
Ciarán Cuffe Minister of State for Horticulture, Sustainable Travel and Planning; and Heritage Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Transport
Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Green Party
Seán Connick Minister of State for Fisheries and Forestry Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Fianna Fáil
Mary White Minister of State for Equality and Human Rights; and Integration Justice and Law Reform
Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs
Education and Skills
Green Party

Change 23 January 2011[edit]

Ciarán Cuffe and Mary White resigned on 23 January 2011 after the Green Party withdrew from government.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Government – Thirtieth Dáil – Twenty-Seventh Government – Ministers of State". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Fahey left out of junior ministers line-up". The Irish Times. 20 June 2007.
  3. ^ "New junior ministers announced". RTÉ News. 20 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Taoiseach informs Dáil Éireann of appointments as junior ministers". Oireachtas website. 26 June 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Two new junior ministers revealed". RTÉ News. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  6. ^ "History of Government – Thirtieth Dáil – Twenty-Eighth Government – Ministers of State". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Five new Ministers of State appointed". The Irish Times. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Sargent resigns as Minister of State". RTÉ News. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Killeen, Carey promoted to cabinet". RTÉ News. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Green Party withdraws from government". RTÉ News. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.