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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.[1]

Government of the 29th Dáil
26th Government of Ireland
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Date formed6 June 2002 (2002-06-06)
Date dissolved14 June 2007 (2007-06-14)
People and organisations
PresidentMary McAleese
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Tánaiste
Total no. of ministers15
Member parties
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition leaderEnda Kenny (Fine Gael)
History
Election(s)2002 general election
Legislature term(s)29th Dáil
Predecessor25th Government
Successor27th Government

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26th Government of IrelandEdit

The 26th Government of Ireland (6 June 2002 – 14 June 2007) was formed by the Fianna Fáil and Progressive Democrats parties.

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
Vote Parties Votes
 Y 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.[2]

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern 2002–07 Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Mary Harney 2002–06 Progressive Democrats
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment 2002–04
Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevy 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Michael Smith 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Agriculture and Food[3] Joe Walsh 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources[4] Dermot Ahern 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism[5] John O'Donoghue 2002–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Micheál Martin 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport[6] Séamus Brennan 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Michael McDowell 2002–07 Progressive Democrats
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government[7] Martin Cullen 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs[8] Éamon Ó Cuív 2002–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social and Family Affairs[9] Mary Coughlan 2002–04 Fianna Fáil

Changes 29 September 2004Edit

Following the appointment of Charlie McCreevy as European Commissioner and the retirements from government of Michael Smith and Joe Walsh.[10]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney 2004–07 Progressive Democrats
Minister for Finance Brian Cowen 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Noel Dempsey 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social and Family Affairs Séamus Brennan 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport Martin Cullen 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Agriculture and Food Mary Coughlan 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Dick Roche 2004–07 Fianna Fáil

Changes 13 September 2006Edit

Following the resignation of Mary Harney as leader of the Progressive Democrats and the election of Michael McDowell.[11]

Office Name Term Party
Tánaiste Michael McDowell 2006–07 Progressive Democrats

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development was renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Food.
  4. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Marine and Natural Resources was renamed as the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
  5. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation was renamed as the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.
  6. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Public Enterprise was renamed as the Department of Transport.
  7. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Environment and Local Government was renamed as the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
  8. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands was renamed as the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
  9. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs was renamed as the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 27 Sep 2006: Nomination of Tánaiste: Statement". Houses of the Oireachtas. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2019.