Ministers of State of the 21st Dáil

Parliamentary Secretaries of the 15th Government (5 July 1977 – 1 January 1978)Edit

On 5 July 1977, the members of the 21st Dáil met for the first time. Jack Lynch was appointed as Taoiseach by the president on the nomination of the Dáil. He proposed the members of the 15th Government of Ireland, a single-party Fianna Fáil government, which was approved by Dáil Éireann for appointment by the president. On the same day, Lynch appointed the Parliamentary Secretaries.[1]

Name Office
Patrick Lalor Government Chief Whip
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence
David Andrews Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
Jim Tunney Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education
Tom Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Power
Pearse Wyse Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance
Thomas Hussey Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce

Ministers of State of the 15th Government (1 January 1978 – 11 December 1979)Edit

Following the enactment of the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) (No.2) Act 1977, the post of Parliamentary Secretary was abolished and replaced by a new post of Minister of State. A maximum of 10 Ministers of State could be appointed.

Name Office
Patrick Lalor Government Chief Whip
Minister of State at the Department of Defence
David Andrews Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs
Jim Tunney Minister of State at the Department of Education
Tom Fitzpatrick Minister of State at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs
Minister of State at the Department of Transport and Power
Pearse Wyse Minister of State at the Department of Finance
Thomas Hussey Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Minister of State at the Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy
John O'Leary Minister of State at the Department of the Environment
Ray MacSharry Minister of State at the Department of the Public Service
Ray Burke Minister of State at the Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy

Changes 1 January 1979Edit

David Andrews was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Justice in addition to his existing post.

Changes 1 July 1979Edit

Changes following the election of Patrick Lalor to the European Parliament.

Name Office
Michael Woods Government Chief Whip
Minister of State at the Department of Defence

Ministers of State of the 16th Government (13 December 1979 – 30 June 1981)Edit

On 12 December 1979, Charles Haughey was appointed as Taoiseach by the president and proposed the members of the 16th Government of Ireland, which was approved by Dáil Éireann for appointment by the president. On the same day, Haughey appointed the following Ministers of State.[2]

Name Office
Seán Moore Government Chief Whip
Minister of State at the Department of Defence
Jackie Fahey Minister of State at the Department of the Environment
Jim Tunney Minister of State at the Department of Education
Thomas Hussey Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture
Ray Burke Minister of State at the Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy
Lorcan Allen Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture
Ger Connolly Minister of State at the Department of the Environment
Tom McEllistrim Minister of State at the Department of Finance
Seán Calleary Minister of State at the Department of the Public Service
Minister of State at the Department of Labour
Mark Killilea Jnr Minister of State at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs

Changes 25 March 1980Edit

The number of Ministers of State was increased from 10 to 15 following the enactment of the
Ministers and Secretaries (No.2) Act 1980.[3]

Name Office
Thomas Meaney Minister of State at the Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy
Tom Nolan Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Welfare
Brendan Daly Minister of State at the Department of Labour
Pádraig Flynn Minister of State at the Department of Transport
Seán Doherty Minister of State at the Department of Justice

Changes 15 October 1980Edit

Changes following the appointment of Ray Burke to cabinet.[4]

Name Office
Denis Gallagher Minister of State at the Department of Industry, Commerce and Trade

Changes 17 December 1980Edit

Changes following the appointment of Tom Nolan to cabinet.[5]

Name Office
Thomas Hussey Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Welfare
Michael Smith Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 6 July 1977: Ceapachain mar Airí agus Rúnaí Parlaiminte". Houses of the Oireachtas (in Irish). Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 13 December 1979: Appointment of Ministers of State". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 27 March 1980: Appointment of Ministers of State". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 16 October 1980: Appointment of Ministers". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 17 December 1980: Appointment of Ministers". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 23 November 2019.