Government of the 11th Dáil

The Government of the 11th Dáil or the 3rd Government of Ireland (1 July 1943 – 9 June 1944) was the government of Ireland formed after the 1943 general election held on 23 June. It was a single-party Fianna Fáil government led by Éamon de Valera as Taoiseach. Fianna Fáil had been in office since the 1932 general election.

Government of the 11th Dáil
3rd Government of Ireland
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Date formed1 July 1943
Date dissolved9 June 1944
People and organisations
PresidentDouglas Hyde
TaoiseachÉamon de Valera
TánaisteSeán T. O'Kelly
Total no. of members12
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMinority Government
Opposition partyFine Gael
Opposition leaderW. T. Cosgrave (1943–Jan. 1944)
Thomas F. O'Higgins (Jan.–June 1944)
History
Election(s)1943 general election
Legislature term(s)11th Dáil
4th Seanad
Predecessor2nd Government
Successor4th Government

The 3rd Government lasted for 344 days.

3rd Government of IrelandEdit

Nomination of TaoiseachEdit

The members of the 11th Dáil first met on 1 July 1943. In the debate on the nomination of Taoiseach, Fianna Fáil leader and outgoing Taoiseach Éamon de Valera and Fine Gael leader and former President of the Executive Council W. T. Cosgrave were both proposed. The nomination of de Valera was approved by 67 to 37.[1] De Valera was then appointed as Taoiseach by President Douglas Hyde.[2]

1 July 1943
Nomination of Éamon de Valera (FF) as Taoiseach
[3]
Motion proposed by Donnchadh Ó Briain and seconded by Brian Brady
Absolute majority: 70/138
Vote Parties Votes
 Y Yes Fianna Fáil (66), Independent (1)
67 / 138
No Fine Gael (32), Independents (5)
37 / 138
Absent or
Not voting
Labour Party (17), Clann na Talmhan (14), Independents (3), Ceann Comhairle (1)
34 / 138

Members of the GovernmentEdit

After his appointment as Taoiseach by the president, Éamon de Valera proposed the members of the government and they were approved by the Dáil on 2 July 1943.[4] They were then appointed by the president.

Office Name
Taoiseach Éamon de Valera
Minister for External Affairs
Tánaiste Seán T. O'Kelly
Minister for Finance
Minister for Industry and Commerce Seán Lemass
Minister for Supplies
Minister for Local Government and Public Health Seán MacEntee
Minister for Agriculture James Ryan
Minister for the Co-ordination of Defensive Measures Frank Aiken
Minister for Education Thomas Derrig
Minister for Justice Gerald Boland
Minister for Defence Oscar Traynor
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Patrick Little
Minister for Lands Seán Moylan

Parliamentary SecretariesEdit

Parliamentary Secretaries were appointed by the Government on the nomination of the Taoiseach.[5]

Name Office Term
Eamonn Kissane Government Chief Whip 1943–1944
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence 1943–1944
Paddy Smith Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance 1943–1944
Conn Ward Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Local Government and Public Health 1943–1944
Seán O'Grady Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce 1943–1944
Erskine H. Childers Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Local Government and Public Health 1944

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Election of Taoiseach – Dáil Éireann (11th Dáil) – Thursday, 1 July 1943". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Appointment of Taoiseach – Dáil Éireann (11th Dáil) – Thursday, 1 July 1943". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Nomination of Taoiseach – Votes – Dáil Éireann (11th Dáil) – Thursday, 1 July 1943". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Nomination of Members of Government: Motion of Approval – Dáil Éireann (11th Dáil) – Thursday, 1 July 1943". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 27 August 2019.; "Nomination of Members of Government: Motion of Approval (Resumed) – Dáil Éireann (11th Dáil) – Thursday, 1 July 1943". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 27 August 2019.; "Nomination of Members of Government: Motion of Approval (Resumed) – Dáil Éireann (11th Dáil) – Friday, 2 July 1943". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  5. ^ "History of Government – Eleventh Dáil – Parliamentary Secretaries". Department of the Taoiseach. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.