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Ministers of State of the 31st Dáil

This is a list of Ministers of State of the 31st Dáil. On 9 March 2011, the 29th Government of Ireland was approved by Dáil Éireann on the advice of the Taoiseach, and then appointed by the President. The Fine GaelLabour Party coalition was led by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

On that day Kenny announced to the Dáil that he would appoint Paul Kehoe, TD to the post of Minister for State at the Department of the Taoiseach with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence. Willie Penrose, TD was appointed on the same date to the position of Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Kehoe and Penrose attended meetings of the cabinet without a vote.[1] On 10 March 2011, 13 other ministerial appointments were announced.[2][3]

Ministers of State of the 29th Government (10 March 2011 – 6 May 2016)Edit

Name Responsibility Department(s) Party Term
Paul Kehoe Government Chief Whip Taoiseach Fine Gael 2011–16
Defence Defence
Willie Penrose Housing and Planning Environment, Community and Local Government Labour Party 2011
Dinny McGinley Gaeltacht Affairs Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Fine Gael 2011–14
Róisín Shortall Primary Care Health Labour Party 2011–12
John Perry Small Business Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Fine Gael 2011–14
Michael Ring Tourism and Sport Transport, Tourism and Sport Fine Gael 2011–16
Jan O'Sullivan Trade and Development Foreign Affairs and Trade Labour Party 2011
Kathleen Lynch Disability, Equality
and Mental Health
Justice and Equality
Health
Labour Party 2011–14
Fergus O'Dowd NewERA Project[4] Environment, Community and Local Government
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Fine Gael 2011–14
Brian Hayes Public Service Reform
and the Office of Public Works
Public Expenditure and Reform
Finance
Fine Gael 2011–14
Shane McEntee Food, Horticulture
and Food Safety
Agriculture, Food and the Marine Fine Gael 2011–12
Lucinda Creighton European Affairs Taoiseach
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fine Gael 2011–13
Seán Sherlock Research and Innovation Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Education and Skills
Labour Party 2011–14
Ciarán Cannon Training and Skills Education and Skills Fine Gael 2011–14
Alan Kelly Public and Commuter Transport Transport, Tourism and Sport Labour Party 2011–14

Change on 20 December 2011Edit

Following the resignation of Willie Penrose on 15 November 2011.

Jan O'Sullivan Housing and Planning Environment, Community and Local Government Labour Party 2011–14
Joe Costello Trade and Development Foreign Affairs and Trade Labour Party 2011–14

Change on 26 September 2012Edit

Following the resignation of Róisín Shortall on 26 September 2012.[5][6]

Alex White Primary Care Health Labour Party 2012–14

Change on 5 June 2013Edit

Following the death of Shane McEntee on 21 December 2012.[7]

Tom Hayes Food, Horticulture
and Food Safety
Agriculture, Food and the Marine Fine Gael 2013–16

Change on 12 July 2013Edit

Following the resignation of Lucinda Creighton on 11 July 2013.[8]

Paschal Donohoe European Affairs Taoiseach
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fine Gael 2013–14

Change on 15 July 2014Edit

Following the cabinet reshuffle in July 2014.[9][10]

Ged Nash Business and Employment Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Labour Party 2014–16
Jimmy Deenihan Diaspora Taoiseach
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fine Gael 2014–16
Kathleen Lynch Primary Care, Mental Health
and Disability
Health Labour Party 2014–16
Seán Sherlock Overseas Development Assistance,
Trade Promotion and
North/South Cooperation
Foreign Affairs and Trade Labour Party 2014–16
Damien English Skills, Research and Innovation Education and Skills
Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Fine Gael 2014–16
Joe McHugh Gaeltacht Affairs
and Natural Resources
Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Fine Gael 2014–16
Paudie Coffey Housing, Planning
and Construction 2020 Strategy
Environment, Community and Local Government Fine Gael 2014–16
Simon Harris Office of Public Works,
Public Procurement
and International Banking
Finance
Public Expenditure and Reform
Taoiseach
Fine Gael 2014–16
Kevin Humphreys Employment, Community
and Social Support
Social Protection Labour Party 2014–16
Dara Murphy European Affairs
and Data Protection
Taoiseach
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fine Gael 2014–16
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin New Communities, Culture
and Equality
Justice and Equality
Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Labour Party 2014–16
Ann Phelan Rural Economic Development
and Rural Transport
Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Transport, Tourism and Sport
Labour Party 2014–16

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011: Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government". Houses of the Oireachtas. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Government appoints Ministers of State". MerrionStreet.ie. 10 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011: Appointment of Ministers and Ministers of State". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  4. ^ Government economic stimulus plan
  5. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Thursday, 27 September 2012: Resignation of Minister of State: Statement". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 2 October 2012: Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 11 June 2013: Appointment of Minister of State". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 16 July 2013: Appointment of Minister of State: Announcement by Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 15 July 2014: Appointment of Ministers of State". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  10. ^ "New Ministers of State Appointed". MerrionStreet.ie. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2019.