Government of the 23rd Dáil

The Government of the 23rd Dáil or the 18th Government of Ireland (9 March – 14 December 1982) was the government of Ireland formed after the February 1982 general election. It was a minority Fianna Fáil government, reliant on the support of the Sinn Féin - The Workers' Party and Independent TD Tony Gregory, led by Charles Haughey as Taoiseach.

Government of the 23rd Dáil
18th Government of Ireland
Date formed9 March 1982
Date dissolved14 December 1982
People and organisations
PresidentPatrick Hillery
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
TánaisteRay MacSharry
Total no. of ministers15
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMinority Government
Opposition partyFine Gael
Opposition leaderGarret FitzGerald
History
Election(s)February 1982 general election
Legislature term(s)23rd Dáil
Predecessor17th Government
Successor19th Government

The 18th Government lasted for 280 days.

18th Government of IrelandEdit

Nomination of TaoiseachEdit

The members of the 23rd Dáil first met on 9 March 1982. In the debate on the nomination of Taoiseach, Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey, and Fine Gael leader and outgoing Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald were both proposed.[1] The nomination of Haughey was carried with 86 in favour and 79 against. Haughey was then appointed as Taoiseach by president Patrick Hillery.[2]

9 March 1982
Nomination of Charles Haughey (FF) for Taoiseach
[3]
Motion proposed by Brian Lenihan and seconded by Ray MacSharry
Absolute majority: 84/166
Vote Parties Votes
 Y Yes Fianna Fáil (81), Sinn Féin - The Workers' Party (3), Independent Fianna Fáil (1), Independent (1)
86 / 166
No Fine Gael (63), Labour Party (15), Independent (1)
79 / 166
Not voting Ceann Comhairle (1)
1 / 166

Members of the GovernmentEdit

After his appointment as Taoiseach by the president, Charles Haughey proposed the members of the government and they were approved by the Dáil.[2] They were appointed by the president on the same day.[4]

Office Name Term
Taoiseach Charles Haughey Mar.–Dec. 1982
Tánaiste Ray MacSharry Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Finance
Minister for Agriculture Brian Lenihan Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Defence Paddy Power Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Education Martin O'Donoghue Mar.–Oct. 1982
Minister for the Environment Ray Burke Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry Brendan Daly Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Foreign Affairs Gerry Collins Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for the Gaeltacht Pádraig Flynn Mar.–Oct. 1982
Minister for Health Michael Woods Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Industry and Energy Albert Reynolds Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Justice Seán Doherty Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Labour Gene Fitzgerald Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for the Public Service
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs John Wilson Mar.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Transport
Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism Desmond O'Malley Mar.–Oct. 1982

Changes 7 October 1982Edit

Desmond O'Malley and Martin O'Donoghue resigned on 6 October 1982 following
an unsuccessful leadership challenge by O'Malley against Charles Haughey.[5]

Office Name Term
Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism Albert Reynolds 7–27 Oct 1982
Minister for Education Charles Haughey 7–27 Oct 1982

Changes 27 October 1982Edit

Reshuffle following resignations of O'Malley and O'Donoghue.[6]

Office Name Term
Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism Pádraig Flynn Oct.–Dec. 1982
Minister for Education Gerard Brady Oct.–Dec. 1982
Minister for the Gaeltacht Denis Gallagher Oct.–Dec. 1982

Attorney GeneralEdit

On 9 March 1982, Patrick Connolly SC was appointed by the president as Attorney General on the nomination of the Taoiseach.[2][4] Connolly resigned on 17 August after Malcolm MacArthur, who had been a house-guest of Connolly's, was arrested for murder. On 18 August 1982, John L. Murray SC was appointed by the president as Attorney General on the nomination of the Taoiseach.

Confidence in the GovernmentEdit

On 4 November 1982, the Dáil voted on a motion of confidence the Taoiseach placed in the government. The resolution was defeated, with 80 votes in favour to 82 against.[7] After the vote, Haughey sought a dissolution of the Dáil, which was granted by the president. A second general election was held on 24 November 1982 for the members of the 24th Dáil.

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Nomination of Taoiseach – Dáil Éireann (23rd Dáil) – Tuesday, 9 March 1982". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government – Dáil Éireann (23rd Dáil) – Tuesday, 9 March 1982". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Nomination of Taoiseach – Votes – Dáil Éireann (23rd Dáil) – Tuesday, 9 March 1982". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Appointment of Ministers and Minister of State – Dáil Éireann (23rd Dáil) – Tuesday, 23 March 1982". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Fógra ón Taoiseach – Announcement by Taoiseach – Dáil Éireann (23rd Dáil) – Wednesday, 27 October 1982". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Nomination of Members of Government: Motion – Dáil Éireann (23rd Dáil) – Wednesday, 27 October 1982". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Confidence in Government: Motion – Dáil Éireann (23rd Dáil) – Thursday, 4 November 1982". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 25 January 2020.