Government of the 28th Dáil
The 28th Dáil was elected at the 1997 general election on 6 June 1997 and first met on 26 June when President Mary Robinson, appointed Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach, on the nomination of Dáil Éireann. On the nomination of the Taoiseach, and following the Dáil's approval the 25th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 28th Dáil was the second longest Dáil in history, lasting 1,806 days.
|Government of the 28th Dáil|
|25th Government of Ireland|
|Date formed||26 June 1997|
|Date dissolved||6 June 2002|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Mary Robinson (1997)|
Mary McAleese (1997–2002)
|Head of government||Bertie Ahern|
|Deputy head of government||Mary Harney|
|Total no. of ministers||15|
|Member parties||Fianna Fáil|
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
|Opposition leader||John Bruton (1997–2001) (Fine Gael)|
Michael Noonan (2001–02) (Fine Gael)
|Election(s)||1997 general election|
|Legislature term(s)||28th Dáil|
25th Government of IrelandEdit
Nomination of Taoiseach voteEdit
|26 June 1997|
Nomination of Taoiseach vote for Bertie Ahern (FF)
Motion proposed by David Andrews and seconded by Mary O'Rourke
Absolute majority: 84/166
|Yes||Fianna Fáil (77), Progressive Democrats (4), Independent (3), Sinn Féin (1)|
85 / 166
|No||Fine Gael (54), Labour Party (16), Democratic Left (4), Green Party (2),
Independent (1), Socialist Party (1)
78 / 166
|Not voting||Independent (2), Ceann Comhairle (1)|
3 / 166
|Source: Oireachtas Debates|
Ministers are listed by seniority.
- "History of Government – Twenty-Eight Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- On 22 July 1997 the Department of Enterprise and Employment was renamed as the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
- On 12 July 1997 the Department of the Marine was renamed as the Department of Marine and Natural Resources.
- On 12 July 1997 the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications was renamed as the Department of Public Enterprise.
- On 12 July 1997 the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry was renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Food.
- On 27 September 1999 the Department of Agriculture and Food was renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.
- On 12 July 1997 the Department of Health was renamed as the Department of Health and Children.
- On 12 July 1997 the Department of the Environment was renamed as the Department of Environment and Local Government.
- On 12 July 1997 the Department of Social Welfare was renamed as the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.
- On 12 July 1997 the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht was renamed as Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.
- On 8 July 1997 the Department of Equality and Law Reform was abolished and its functions transferred to the Department of Justice, which was then renamed the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
- On 12 July 1997 the Department of Tourism and Trade was renamed as the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation.
- On 30 September 1997 the Department of Education was renamed as the Department of Education and Science.