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The 15th Dáil was elected at the 1954 general election on 18 May, and first met on 2 June when the 7th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 15th Dáil lasted for 1,022 days.

Government of the 15th Dáil
7th Government of Ireland
Date formed2 June 1954
Date dissolved20 March 1957
People and organisations
Head of stateSeán T. O'Kelly
Head of governmentJohn A. Costello
Deputy head of governmentWilliam Norton
Total no. of ministers13
Member partiesFine Gael
Labour Party
Clann na Talmhan
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition leaderÉamon de Valera (Fianna Fáil)
Election(s)1954 general election
Legislature term(s)15th Dáil
Predecessor6th Government
Successor8th Government


7th Government of IrelandEdit

The 7th Government of Ireland (2 June 1954 – 20 March 1957)—more commonly known as the Second Inter-Party Government —is the name given to the government that led Ireland from 1954 to 1957.[1] The coalition consisted of Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Clann na Talmhan. Once more, a dislike of Fianna Fáil overcame all other problems in forming a government.

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach John A. Costello 1954–57 Fine Gael
Tánaiste William Norton 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for Industry and Commerce
Minister for Agriculture James Dillon 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Defence Seán Mac Eoin 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Education Richard Mulcahy 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for the Gaeltacht 1956
Minister for External Affairs Liam Cosgrave 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Finance Gerard Sweetman 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Health Tom O'Higgins 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Justice James Everett 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for Lands Joseph Blowick 1954–57 Clann na Talmhan
Minister for Local Government Patrick O'Donnell 1954–57 Fine Gael
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Michael Keyes 1954–57 Labour Party
Minister for Social Welfare Brendan Corish 1954–57 Labour Party

Changes 24 October 1956Edit

Office Name Term Party
Minister for the Gaeltacht Patrick Lindsay 1956–57 Fine Gael

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "History of Government – Fifteenth Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013.