Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (Irish: An tAire Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán) is the senior minister at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in the Government of Ireland.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
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Incumbent
Catherine Martin

since 27 June 2020
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Member of
Reports toTaoiseach
SeatDublin, Ireland
AppointerPresident of Ireland on the nomination of the Taoiseach
Inaugural holderMartin O'Donoghue as Minister for Economic Planning and Development
Formation8 July 1977
WebsiteDepartment of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

The current minister is Catherine Martin, TD.

She is assisted by Jack Chambers, Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeltacht and Sport.[1]

OverviewEdit

The Minister for Economic Planning and Development was created by the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1977.[2] The title and functions of the position have changed several times since then. The current title was adopted in 2020 by the 32nd Government.

CultureEdit

Creating an environment enabling the National Cultural Institutions to flourish through the provision of financial resources and an appropriate policy framework. The National Cultural Institutions include: the National Archives of Ireland, National Concert Hall, National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, Irish Museum of Modern Art and National Gallery of Ireland. Formulation, development and evaluation of policy and structures to promote and foster the practice and appreciation of the creative and interpretative arts and to encourage the development of the Irish film industry; enabling the national cultural institutions, as integral elements of the national culture, to preserve, protect and present for the benefit of present and future generations our moveable heritage and cultural assets.

List of office-holdersEdit

Minister for Economic Planning and Development 1977–1980Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Martin O'Donoghue[a] 8 July 1977 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil 15th
Michael O'Kennedy 12 December 1979 21 January 1980 Fianna Fáil 16th

Minister for Energy 1980–1981Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Michael O'Kennedy 21 January 1980 22 January 1980 Fianna Fáil 16th
George Colley 22 January 1980 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil 16th
Michael O'Leary 30 June 1981 21 August 1981 Labour 17th

Minister for Industry and Energy 1981–1983Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Michael O'Leary 21 August 1981 9 March 1982 Labour 17th
Albert Reynolds (1st time) 9 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil 18th
John Bruton 14 December 1982 13 December 1983 Fine Gael 19th
Dick Spring 13 December 1983 17 December 1983 Labour 19th

Minister for Energy 1983–1993Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Dick Spring 17 December 1983 20 January 1987 Labour 19th
Michael Noonan 20 January 1987 10 March 1987 Fine Gael 19th
Ray Burke 10 March 1987 24 November 1988 Fianna Fáil 20th
Michael Smith 24 November 1988 12 July 1989 Fianna Fáil 20th
Bobby Molloy 12 July 1989 4 November 1992 Progressive Democrats 21st · 22nd
Albert Reynolds (2nd time) 4 November 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil 22nd
Brian Cowen 12 January 1993 20 January 1993 Fianna Fáil 23rd

Minister for Tourism and Trade 1993–1997Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Brian Cowen 20 January 1993 22 January 1993 Fianna Fáil 23rd
Charlie McCreevy 22 January 1993 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil 23rd
Enda Kenny 15 December 1994 26 June 1997 Fine Gael 24th
Jim McDaid 26 June 1997 12 July 1997 Fianna Fáil 25th

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation 1997–2002Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Jim McDaid 12 July 1997 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil 25th
John O'Donoghue 6 June 2002 19 June 2002 Fianna Fáil 26th

Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism 2002–2010Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
John O'Donoghue 19 June 2002 14 June 2007 Fianna Fáil 26th
Séamus Brennan 14 June 2007 7 May 2008 Fianna Fáil 27th
Martin Cullen 7 May 2008 23 March 2010 Fianna Fáil 28th
Mary Hanafin 23 March 2010 2 May 2010 Fianna Fáil 28th

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport 2010–2011Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Mary Hanafin 2 May 2010 9 March 2011 Fianna Fáil 28th
Jimmy Deenihan 9 March 2011 2 June 2011 Fine Gael 29th

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 2011–2016Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Jimmy Deenihan 2 June 2011 11 July 2014 Fine Gael 29th
Heather Humphreys 11 July 2014 12 July 2016 Fine Gael 29th

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 2016–2017Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Heather Humphreys 12 July 2016 1 August 2017 Fine Gael 30th · 31st

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 2017–2020Edit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Heather Humphreys 1 August 2017 30 November 2017 Fine Gael 31st
Josepha Madigan 30 November 2017 27 June 2020 Fine Gael 31st
Catherine Martin 27 June 2020 30 September 2020 Green 32nd

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media 2020–presentEdit

Name Term of office Party Government(s)
Catherine Martin 30 September 2020 Incumbent Green 32nd
Notes
  1. ^ O'Donoghue was a minister without portfolio from 8 July to 13 December 1977 before the department was formally established.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Ministers and Ministers of State", Government of Ireland, retrieved 4 August 2020
  2. ^ "Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1977". Irish Statute Book. 6 December 1977. Retrieved 8 August 2020.

External linksEdit