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27th Government of IrelandEdit

Government of the 30th Dáil
27th Government of Ireland
 
Date formed14 June 2007
Date dissolved7 May 2008
People and organisations
Head of stateMary McAleese
Head of governmentBertie Ahern
Deputy head of governmentBrian Cowen
Total no. of ministers15
Member partiesFianna Fáil
Green Party
Progressive Democrats
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition leaderEnda Kenny (Fine Gael)
History
Election(s)2007 general election
Legislature term(s)30th Dáil
Predecessor26th Government
Successor28th Government

The 27th Government of Ireland (14 June 2007 – 7 May 2008) was composed of Fianna Fáil, the Green Party and the Progressive Democrats.[2] It was also supported by four Independent TDs: Beverley Flynn, Jackie Healy-Rae, Michael Lowry and Finian McGrath. Flynn later rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party in April 2008.

Nomination of Taoiseach voteEdit

14 June 2007
Nomination of Taoiseach vote for Bertie Ahern (FF)

Motion proposed by Brian Cowen and seconded by Trevor Sargent
Absolute majority: 84/166
Vote Parties Votes
 Y Yes Fianna Fáil (77), Green Party (6), Independent (4), Progressive Democrats (2)
89 / 166
No Fine Gael (51), Labour Party (20), Sinn Féin (4), Independent (1)
76 / 166
Not voting Ceann Comhairle (1)
1 / 166
Source: Oireachtas Debates

Composition of the GovernmentEdit

The Ministers of the Government were approved by the Dáil on 14 June.[3]

Office Name Party
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Brian Cowen
Minister for Finance
Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney Progressive Democrats
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Séamus Brennan
Minister for Social and Family Affairs Martin Cullen
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food [27 1] Mary Coughlan
Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Brian Lenihan
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources [27 2] Eamon Ryan Green Party
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley
Note
  1. ^ On 14 June 2007 the Department of Agriculture and Food was renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  2. ^ On 14 June 2007 the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources was renamed as the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

28th Government of IrelandEdit

Government of the 30th Dáil
28th Government of Ireland
 
Date formed7 May 2008
Date dissolved9 March 2011
People and organisations
Head of stateMary McAleese
Head of governmentBrian Cowen
Deputy head of governmentMary Coughlan
Total no. of ministers15
Member partiesFianna Fáil
Green Party
Progressive Democrats
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition cabinetSecond Kenny front bench
Opposition partyFine Gael
Opposition leaderEnda Kenny
History
Legislature term(s)30th Dáil
Budget(s)2009, 2010, 2011
Predecessor27th Government
Successor29th Government

The 28th Government of Ireland (7 May 2008 – 9 March 2011) was formed following the resignation of Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach on 6 May 2008.[4] Brian Cowen had been elected unopposed to succeed Ahern as leader of Fianna Fáil and on 7 May he was nominated by the Dáil as Ireland's 12th head of government. It was initially composed of Fianna Fáil, the Green Party, the Progressive Democrats and supported by independent TDs Jackie Healy-Rae, Michael Lowry and Finian McGrath. McGrath later withdrew his support in October 2008. Following the disbandment of the Progressive Democrats in 2009, it became a coalition of Fianna Fáil and the Green Party with the support of three independent TDs, including Mary Harney. A cabinet reshuffle took place on 23 March 2010, following the resignations of Willie O'Dea and Martin Cullen. After the resignations of six ministers in January 2011, the vacant portfolios were reassigned to other ministers;[5] with the subsequent resignation of Brian Cowen as leader of Fianna Fáil on 22 January 2011, the Green Party withdrew their support from the government, precipitating a general election.[6]

Nomination of Taoiseach voteEdit

7 May 2008
Nomination of Taoiseach vote for Brian Cowen (FF)

Motion proposed by Bertie Ahern and seconded by John Gormley
Absolute majority: 84/166
Vote Parties Votes
 Y Yes Fianna Fáil (76), Green Party (6), Independent (4), Progressive Democrats (2)
88 / 166
No Fine Gael (51), Labour Party (20), Sinn Féin (4), Independent (1)
76 / 166
Not voting Ceann Comhairle (1), Fianna Fáil (1)
2 / 166
Source: Oireachtas Debates

Composition of the GovernmentEdit

The Ministers of the Government were approved by the Dáil on 7 May.[7]

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Brian Cowen 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Mary Coughlan 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment 2008–10
Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney 2008–11 Independent
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform [28 1] Dermot Ahern 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Martin Cullen 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley 2008–11 Green Party
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan 2008–11 Green Party
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Brendan Smith 2008–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science Batt O'Keeffe 2008–10 Fianna Fáil

Changes 23 March 2010Edit

Resignation of Willie O'Dea and Martin Cullen.[8][9]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Education and Skills [28 2] Mary Coughlan 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection [28 3] Éamon Ó Cuív 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport [28 4] Mary Hanafin 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation [28 5] Batt O'Keeffe 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs [28 6] Pat Carey 2010–11 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Tony Killeen 2010–11 Fianna Fáil

Change 19 January 2011Edit

Resignation of Mícheál Martin.[10]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen 2011 Fianna Fáil

Changes 20 January 2011Edit

Resignation of Mary Harney, Noel Dempsey, Dermot Ahern, Batt O'Keeffe and Tony Killeen.[11]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Defence Éamon Ó Cuív 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Mary Hanafin 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Mary Coughlan 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Justice and Law Reform Brendan Smith 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport Pat Carey 2011 Fianna Fáil

Changes 23 January 2011Edit

Resignation of Green Party ministers John Gormley and Eamon Ryan.[12]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Carey 2011 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Éamon Ó Cuív 2011 Fianna Fáil
Note
  1. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform was renamed as the Department of Justice and Law Reform.
  2. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Education and Science was renamed as the Department of Education and Skills.
  3. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Social and Family Affairs was renamed as the Department of Social Protection.
  4. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism was renamed as the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  5. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment was renamed as the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.
  6. ^ On 23 March 2010 the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs was renamed as the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Under Article 13.1.1 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 13.1.2. 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. ^ "History of Government – Thirtieth Dáil – Twenty-Seventh Government". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 14 Jun 2007: Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government: Motion". Houses of the Oireachtas. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 7 May 2008: Resignation of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Election date set after day of political drama". RTÉ News. 20 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Green Party withdraws from Government". RTÉ News. 23 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 7 May 2008: Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government: Motion". Houses of the Oireachtas. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010: Nomination of Members of Government". Houses of the Oireachtas. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010: Nomination of Members of Government (Resumed)". Houses of the Oireachtas. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011: Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 20 Jan 2011: Termination of Ministerial Appointments: Announcement by Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011: Termination of Ministerial Appointments: Announcement by Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2019.

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