Minister of State at the Department of Defence
The Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Irish: Aire Stáit ag an Roinn Cosanta) was a junior ministerial post in the Department of Defence of the Government of Ireland of non-cabinet rank. The post supported the senior Minister for Defence. The position was usually, but not currently, held jointly with that of the post of Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, who is the government Chief Whip. The position was created on 1 January 1978, replacing the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence. It was abolished in July 2020.