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The 16th Dáil (20 March 1957 – 15 September 1961) was elected at the 1957 general election on 5 March. When it first met on 20 March, the 8th Government of Ireland (20 March 1957 – 23 June 1959) was appointed. The outgoing minority coalition government of Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Clann na Talmhan had failed to be re-elected. The 16th Dáil lasted for 1,674 days.

8th Government of IrelandEdit

Government of the 16th Dáil
8th Government of Ireland
 
Date formed20 March 1957
Date dissolved23 June 1959
People and organisations
Head of stateSeán T. O'Kelly
Head of governmentÉamon de Valera
Deputy head of governmentSeán Lemass
Total no. of ministers13
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMajority Government
Opposition leaderJohn A. Costello (Fine Gael)
History
Election(s)1957 general election
Legislature term(s)16th Dáil
Predecessor7th Government
Successor9th Government

Nomination of TaoiseachEdit

20 March 1957
Nomination of Taoiseach vote for Éamon de Valera (FF)
[1]
Motion proposed by Seán Lemass and seconded by Seán McEntee
Absolute majority: 74/147
Vote Parties Votes
 Y Yes Fianna Fáil (76), Independent (2)
78 / 147
No Fine Gael (39), Labour Party (10), Clann na Talmhan (3), Independent (1)
53 / 147
Not voting Ceann Comhairle (1), Fianna Fáil (2), Fine Gael (1), Labour Party (1), Clann na Poblachta (1), Independent (6); Sinn Féin (4) (abstentionist)
16 / 147

Composition of the GovernmentEdit

The Members of the Government were nominated by the Taoiseach and approved by the Dáil.[2]

Office Name Term
Taoiseach Éamon de Valera 1957–59
Tánaiste Seán Lemass 1957–59
Minister for Industry and Commerce
Minister for Health Seán MacEntee 1957–59
Minister for Finance James Ryan 1957–59
Minister for External Affairs Frank Aiken 1957–59
Minister for Justice Oscar Traynor 1957–59
Minister for Local Government Paddy Smith 1957
Minister for Social Welfare 1957
Minister for Lands Erskine H. Childers 1957–59
Minister for Education Jack Lynch 1957–59
Minister for the Gaeltacht (Acting)
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Neil Blaney 1957
Minister for Defence Kevin Boland 1957–59
Minister for Agriculture Frank Aiken (Acting)

Changes 16 May 1957Edit

Nomination of Seán Moylan on his nomination to the Seanad.[3]

Office Name Term
Minister for Agriculture Seán Moylan 1957

Changes 26 June 1957Edit

Office Name Term
Minister for the Gaeltacht Mícheál Ó Móráin 1957–59

Changes 16 November 1957Edit

Following the death of Seán Moylan.

Office Name Term
Minister for Agriculture Frank Aiken (acting)

Changes 27 November 1957Edit

Following the death of Seán Moylan.

Office Name Term
Minister for Agriculture Paddy Smith 1957–59
Minister for Local Government Neil Blaney 1957–59
Minister for Social Welfare Seán MacEntee 1957–59

Changes 4 December 1957Edit

Following the death of Seán Moylan.[4]

Office Name Term
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs John Ormonde 1957–59

9th Government of IrelandEdit

Government of the 16th Dáil
9th Government of Ireland
Date formed23 June 1959
Date dissolved11 November 1961
People and organisations
Head of stateÉamon de Valera
Head of governmentSeán Lemass
Deputy head of governmentSeán MacEntee
Total no. of ministers14
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMajority Government
Opposition leaderJames Dillon (Fine Gael)
History
Legislature term(s)16th Dáil
Predecessor8th Government
Successor10th Government

Éamon de Valera was elected as president of Ireland on 17 June 1959 and resigned as Taoiseach on that day.[5] He resigned as leader of Fianna Fáil and Seán Lemass as elected unopposed to succeed him on 22 June. The 9th Government of Ireland (23 June 1959 – 11 November 1961) was formed by the Fianna Fáil party with Seán Lemass as Taoiseach. It was the first time there was a change of Taoiseach within a Dáil term.

Nomination of TaoiseachEdit

23 June 1959
Nomination of Taoiseach vote for Seán Lemass (FF)
[6]
Motion proposed by Seán McEntee and seconded by James Ryan
Absolute majority: 74/147
Vote Parties Votes
 Y Yes Fianna Fáil (72), Independent (3)
75 / 147
No Fine Gael (37), Labour Party (9), Clann na Talmhan (3), Clann na Poblachta (1), Independent (1)
51 / 147
Not voting Ceann Comhairle (1), Fianna Fáil (3), Fine Gael (3), Labour Party (2), Independent (5); Sinn Féin (4) (abstentionist)
18 / 147
Vacancies 3
3 / 147

Composition of the GovernmentEdit

The Ministers of the Government were proposed by the Taoiseach and approved by the Dáil.[7]

Office Name Term
Taoiseach Seán Lemass 1959–61
Tánaiste Seán MacEntee 1959–61
Minister for Health
Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Finance James Ryan 1959–61
Minister for External Affairs Frank Aiken 1959–61
Minister for Justice Oscar Traynor 1959–61
Minister for Agriculture Paddy Smith 1959–61
Minister for Lands Erskine H. Childers 1959–61
Minister for Industry and Commerce Jack Lynch 1959–61
Minister for Local Government Neil Blaney 1959–61
Minister for Defence Kevin Boland 1959–61
Minister for the Gaeltacht Mícheál Ó Móráin 1959
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Michael Hilliard 1959–61
Minister for Education Patrick Hillery 1959–61

Changes 27 July 1959Edit

Gerard Bartley was appointed to government on 23 July and the changes
took effect when the new Department of Transport and Power was established.[8][9]

Office Name Term
Minister for the Gaeltacht Gerald Bartley 1959–61
Minister for Lands Mícheál Ó Móráin 1959–61
Minister for Transport and Power Erskine H. Childers 1959–61

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 20 March 1957: Nomination of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 20 March 1957: Appointment of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 20 March 1957: Nomination of Members of Government: Motion of Approval". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 16 May 1957: Nomination of Member of Government: Motion of Approval". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 4 December 1957: Ainmniú Comhalta Den Rialtas: Tairiscint Chomhaontuithe". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 23 June 1959: Resignation of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 23 June 1959: Nomination of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 24 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 23 June 1959: Appointment of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 23 June 1959: Nomination of Members of Government: Motion of Approval". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 23 July 1959: Nomination of Members of Government: Motion of Approval". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  9. ^ "S.I. No. 124/1959 - Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1959 (Appointed Day) Order 1959". Irish Statute Book. 27 July 1959. Retrieved 24 August 2019.