Government of the 29th Dáil
The 29th Dáil was elected at the 2002 general election on 17 May 2002 and first met on 6 June when President Mary McAleese appointed Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach, on the nomination of Dáil Éireann. On the nomination of the Taoiseach, and following the Dáil's approval, the members of the 26th Government of Ireland were appointed by the President.
|Government of the 29th Dáil|
|26th Government of Ireland|
|Date formed||6 June 2002|
|Date dissolved||14 June 2007|
|People and organisations|
|Total no. of ministers||15|
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
|Opposition leader||Enda Kenny (Fine Gael)|
|Election(s)||2002 general election|
|Legislature term(s)||29th Dáil|
26th Government of IrelandEdit
Nomination of Taoiseach voteEdit
|6 June 2002|
Nomination of Taoiseach vote for Bertie Ahern (FF)
Motion proposed by Charlie McCreevy and seconded by Mary Harney
Absolute majority: 84/166
|Yes||Fianna Fáil (80), Progressive Democrats (8), Independent (5)|
93 / 166
|No||Fine Gael (31), Labour Party (21), Green Party (6), Sinn Féin (5), Independent (4), Socialist Party (1)|
68 / 166
|Not voting||Independent (4), Ceann Comhairle (1)|
5 / 166
|Source: Oireachtas Debates|
Composition of the GovernmentEdit
The Ministers of the Government were approved by the Dáil on 6 June.
- Under Article 13.1.1º of the 1937 Constitution of Ireland, the Dáil nominates a person whom it instructs the President to appoint as Taoiseach. The Taoiseach, following his appointment, then nominates his ministerial team en bloc to the Dáil for approval, in accordance with Article 13.1.2º. If the Dáil duly approves the list, the President proceeds to appoint them. Though it is often said that the Taoiseach and government are elected by the Dáil that is technically incorrect. They only become ministers when the President appoints them and they receive their seal of office, not by means of the parliamentary vote, although the President's appointment is automatic when they have been duly approved.
- "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 6 Jun 2002: Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government: Motion". Houses of the Oireachtas. 6 June 2002. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- On 6 June 2002 the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development was renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Food.
- On 6 June 2002 the Department of Marine and Natural Resources was renamed as the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
- On 6 June 2002 the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation was renamed as the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.
- On 6 June 2002 the Department of Public Enterprise was renamed as the Department of Transport.
- On 6 June 2002 the Department of Environment and Local Government was renamed as the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
- On 6 June 2002 the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands was renamed as the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
- On 6 June 2002 the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs was renamed as the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
- "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 29 Sep 2004: Nomination of Members of the Government: Motion". Houses of the Oireachtas. 29 September 2004. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 27 Sep 2006: Nomination of Tánaiste: Statement". Houses of the Oireachtas. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2019.