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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 by the president. The 28th Dáil was the second longest Dáil in history, lasting 1,806 days.

Government of the 28th Dáil
25th Government of Ireland
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Date formed26 June 1997
Date dissolved6 June 2002
People and organisations
Head of stateMary Robinson (1997)
Mary McAleese (1997–2002)
Head of governmentBertie Ahern
Deputy head of governmentMary Harney
Total no. of ministers15
Member partiesFianna Fáil
Progressive Democrats
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition leaderJohn Bruton (1997–2001) (Fine Gael)
Michael Noonan (2001–02) (Fine Gael)
History
Election(s)1997 general election
Legislature term(s)28th Dáil
Predecessor24th Government
Successor26th Government

25th Government of IrelandEdit

The 25th Government of Ireland (26 June 1997 – 6 June 2002) was formed by Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats.

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
Vote Parties Votes
 Y 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

Composition of the GovernmentEdit

The Ministers of the Government were approved by the Dáil on 26 June.[1]

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Mary Harney 1997–2002 Progressive Democrats
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment[2]
Minister for Marine and Natural Resources[3] Michael Woods 1997–2000 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Ray Burke 1997 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Public Enterprise[4] Mary O'Rourke 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence David Andrews 1997 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development[5][6] Joe Walsh 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevy 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children[7] Brian Cowen 1997–2000 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment and Local Government[8] Noel Dempsey 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs[9] Dermot Ahern 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands[10] Síle de Valera 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform[11] John O'Donoghue 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation[12] Jim McDaid 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science[13] Micheál Martin 1997–2000 Fianna Fáil

Changes 8 October 1997Edit

Following the resignation of Ray Burke after allegations of corrupt payments under investigation by the Flood Tribunal.[14]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Foreign Affairs David Andrews 1997–2000 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Michael Smith 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil

Changes 27 January 2000Edit

Following the retirement from government of David Andrews.[15]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Education and Science Michael Woods 2000–02 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen 2000–02 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Micheál Martin 2000–02 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Marine and Natural Resources Frank Fahey 2000–02 Fianna Fáil

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 26 Jun 1997: Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of the Government". Houses of the Oireachtas. 26 June 1997. Retrieved 15 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 26 Jun 1997: Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of the Government (Resumed)". Houses of the Oireachtas. 26 June 1997. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ On 22 July 1997 the Department of Enterprise and Employment was renamed as the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
  3. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of the Marine was renamed as the Department of Marine and Natural Resources.
  4. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications was renamed as the Department of Public Enterprise.
  5. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry was renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Food.
  6. ^ On 27 September 1999 the Department of Agriculture and Food was renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.
  7. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Health was renamed as the Department of Health and Children.
  8. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of the Environment was renamed as the Department of Environment and Local Government.
  9. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Social Welfare was renamed as the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.
  10. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht was renamed as Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Tourism and Trade was renamed as the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation.
  13. ^ On 30 September 1997 the Department of Education was renamed as the Department of Education and Science.
  14. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 8 Oct 1997: Resignation of Member of Government". Houses of the Oireachtas. 8 October 1997. Retrieved 15 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 8 Oct 1997: Nomination of Member of Government: Motion". Houses of the Oireachtas. 8 October 1997. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 27 Jan 2000: Nomination of Member of Government: Motion". Houses of the Oireachtas. 27 January 2000. Retrieved 15 August 2019.