Government of the 28th Dáil

The Government of the 28th Dáil or the 25th Government of Ireland was the government of Ireland formed after the 1997 general election which had been held on 6 June 1997. It was a minority coalition government of Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats, led by Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach.

Government of the 28th Dáil
25th Government of Ireland
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Date formed26 June 1997
Date dissolved6 June 2002
People and organisations
PresidentMary Robinson (1997)
Mary McAleese (1997–2002)
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
TánaisteMary Harney
Total no. of members15
Member partiesFianna Fáil
Progressive Democrats
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition partyFine Gael
Opposition leaderJohn Bruton (1997–2001)
Michael Noonan (2001–02)
History
Election(s)1997 general election
Legislature term(s)28th Dáil
21st Seanad
Predecessor24th Government
Successor26th Government

The 25th Government lasted 1,806 days.

25th Government of IrelandEdit

Nomination of TaoiseachEdit

The members of the 28th Dáil first met on 26 June 1997. In the debate on the nomination of Taoisech, both outgoing Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader John Bruton and Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern were proposed.[1] The vote on Bruton was defeated with 75 votes in favour to 87 against, while the vote on Ahern was approved by 85 to 78. Ahern was then appointed as Taoiseach by President Mary Robinson.[2]

26 June 1997
Nomination of Bertie Ahern (FF) as Taoiseach
[3]
Motion proposed by David Andrews and seconded by Mary O'Rourke
Absolute majority: 84/166
Vote Parties Votes
 Y Yes Fianna Fáil (77), Progressive Democrats (4), Independent (3), Sinn Féin (1)
85 / 166
No Fine Gael (54), Labour Party (16), Democratic Left (4), Green Party (2), Independent (1), Socialist Party (1)
78 / 166
Not voting Independent (2), Ceann Comhairle (1)
3 / 166

Members of the GovernmentEdit

After his appointment by the president, Bertie Ahern proposed the members of the government and they were approved by the Dáil.[2] They were appointed by the president on the same day.[4]

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Mary Harney 1997–2002 Progressive Democrats
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment[a]
Minister for Marine and Natural Resources[b] Michael Woods 1997–2000 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Ray Burke 1997 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Public Enterprise[c] Mary O'Rourke 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence David Andrews 1997 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Agriculture and Food[d] [e] Joe Walsh 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevy 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children[f] Brian Cowen 1997–2000 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment and Local Government[g] Noel Dempsey 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs[h] Dermot Ahern 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands[i] Síle de Valera 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform[j] John O'Donoghue[k] 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation[l] Jim McDaid 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science[m] Micheál Martin 1997–2000 Fianna Fáil

Changes 8 October 1997Edit

Following the resignation of Ray Burke after allegations of corrupt payments under investigation by the Flood Tribunal.[18][19][20]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Foreign Affairs David Andrews 1997–2000 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Michael Smith 1997–2002 Fianna Fáil

Changes 27 January 2000Edit

Following the retirement from government of David Andrews.[21][22]

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Education and Science Michael Woods 2000–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen 2000–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Micheál Martin 2000–2002 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Marine and Natural Resources Frank Fahey 2000–2002 Fianna Fáil
Changes to Departments
  1. ^ On 8 July 1997 the Department of Enterprise and Employment was renamed as the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.[5]
  2. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of the Marine was renamed as the Department of Marine and Natural Resources.[6]
  3. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications was renamed as the Department of Public Enterprise.[7]
  4. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry was renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Food.[8]
  5. ^ On 27 September 1999 the Department of Agriculture and Food was renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.[9]
  6. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Health was renamed as the Department of Health and Children.[10]
  7. ^ On 22 July 1997 the Department of the Environment was renamed as the Department of the Environment and Local Government.[11]
  8. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Social Welfare was renamed as the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.[12]
  9. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht was renamed as Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.[13]
  10. ^ On 8 July 1997 the functions of the Department of Equality and Law Reform were transferred to the Department of Justice.[14] On 9 July, the Department of Justice was renamed the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.[15]
  11. ^ John O'Donoghue was appointed as Minister for Justice and Minister for Equality and Law Reform and served as head of both departments until the transfer of functions on 8 July.
  12. ^ On 12 July 1997 the Department of Tourism and Trade was renamed as the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation.[16]
  13. ^ On 1 October 1997 the Department of Education was renamed as the Department of Education and Science.[17]

Attorney GeneralEdit

David Byrne SC was appointed by the president as Attorney General on the nomination of the Taoiseach.[2][4] In 1999, he resigned on his nomination as European Commissioner. On 17 July 1999, Michael McDowell SC was appointed by the president as Attorney General on the nomination of the Taoiseach.

Ministers of StateEdit

On 26 June 1997, the Government on the nomination of the Taoiseach appointed Séamus Brennan to the post of Minister for State at the Department of the Taoiseach with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Bobby Molloy to the position of Minister of State to the Government.[2] On 1 July 1997, the Government on the nomination of the Taoiseach appointed Michael Smith and Liz O'Donnell. On 8 July 1997, the Government on the nomination of the Taoiseach appointed the other Ministers of State.[4]

Name Department(s) Responsibility Party
Séamus Brennan Taoiseach
Defence
Government Chief Whip Fianna Fáil
Bobby Molloy Minister of State to the Government
Environment and Local Government
Housing and urban renewal Progressive Democrats
Michael Smith Education
Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Science and technology Fianna Fáil
Liz O'Donnell Foreign Affairs Overseas development assistance and human rights Progressive Democrats
Noel Davern Agriculture and Food Livestock breeding and horticulture Fianna Fáil
Joe Jacob Public Enterprise Energy Fianna Fáil
Frank Fahey Health and Children Children Fianna Fáil
Willie O'Dea Education and Science Adult education, youth affairs and school transport Fianna Fáil
Tom Kitt Enterprise, Trade and Employment Labour affairs, consumer rights and international trade Fianna Fáil
Chris Flood Tourism, Sport and Recreation Local development and the National Drugs Strategy Team Fianna Fáil
Dan Wallace Environment and Local Government Environmental information and awareness and
the Environmental Protection Agency
Fianna Fáil
Ned O'Keeffe Agriculture and Food Food Fianna Fáil
Hugh Byrne Marine and Natural Resources Aquaculture and forestry Fianna Fáil
Mary Wallace Justice, Equality and Law Reform Equality and disabilities Fianna Fáil
Martin Cullen Finance Office of Public Works Fianna Fáil
Éamon Ó Cuív Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands Gaeltacht and the islands Fianna Fáil
Tom Moffatt Health and Children Food safety and older people Fianna Fáil

Changes 9 October 1997Edit

Noel Treacy is appointed Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science and Minister of State at the
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, following the appointment of Michael Smith to the position of Minister
for Defence on the previous day.[20]

Changes 21 January 1998Edit

Frank Fahey is appointed to the position of Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science and
Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. He retained his existing post as Minister of State
at the Department of Health and Children.

Changes 1 February 2000Edit

Changes following the resignation of Chris Flood and the appointment of Frank Fahey as Minister for the Marine and
Natural Resources.[22]

Name Department(s) Responsibility Party
Eoin Ryan Tourism, Sport and Recreation Local development Fianna Fáil
Mary Hanafin Health and Children
Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Education and Science
Children Fianna Fáil

Changes 19 February 2001Edit

Changes following the resignation of Ned O'Keeffe on 17 February.[23]

Name Department(s) Responsibility Party
Éamon Ó Cuív Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Rural development and the Western Development Commission Fianna Fáil
Mary Coughlan Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands Gaeltacht and the Islands Fianna Fáil

Changes 11 April 2002Edit

Liz O'Donnell was appointed Minister of State to the Government in addition to her existing post as Minister of State at
the Department of Foreign Affairs, following the resignation of Bobby Molloy two days earlier. She did not take over
Molloy's post at the Department of the Environment and Local Government.[24]

DissolutionEdit

On 25 April 2002, the president dissolved the Dáil on the advice of the Taoiseach, and a general election was held on 17 May.[25] The members of the 29th Dáil met on 6 June and Bertie Ahern was re-appointed as Taoiseach and formed a new government.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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