23rd Government of Ireland
The 1992 general election was held on 25 November 1992 and the 27th Dáil first met on 14 December 1992, no candidate was elected as Taoiseach. The outgoing Taoiseach resigned and continued in a caretaker capacity. The 23rd Government of Ireland, the first government of the 27th Dáil, was a coalition of Fianna Fáil (with leader Albert Reynolds as Taoiseach) and the Labour Party (with leader Dick Spring as Tánaiste). It was the first time that these two parties were in government together; on each previous occasion Labour was in government, it was a junior coalition party with Fine Gael. After discussions on a programme for government between Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party, Reynolds was approved as Taoiseach on 12 January 1993, and the members of the government were appointed by the president. The 27th Dáil lasted until 1997, but its first government fell in 1994 after the breakdown of relations between the two parties. It was succeeded by the 24th Government, a coalition of Labour with Fine Gael under John Bruton and Democratic Left under Proinsias De Rossa, with Spring serving again as Tánaiste under Bruton as Taoiseach. This was the only time a government fell and a new government was formed with a different party composition within a single Dáil term.
|Government of the 27th Dáil|
23rd Government of Ireland
|Date formed||12 January 1993|
|Date dissolved||15 December 1994|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Mary Robinson|
|Head of government||Albert Reynolds|
|Deputy head of government||Dick Spring|
|Total no. of ministers||15|
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
|Opposition leader||John Bruton (Fine Gael)|
|Election(s)||1992 general election|
|Legislature term(s)||27th Dáil|
Nomination of Taoiseach vote
|12 January 1993|
Nomination of Taoiseach vote for Albert Reynolds (FF)
Motion proposed by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and seconded by Dick Spring
Absolute majority: 84/166
|Fianna Fáil (68), Labour Party (33), Independent Fianna Fáil (1)|
102 / 166
|No||Fine Gael (45), Progressive Democrats (10), Democratic Left (4), Green Party (1)|
60 / 166
|Not voting||Independent (3), Ceann Comhairle (1)|
4 / 166
|Source: Oireachtas Debates|
- On 21 January 1993 the Department of Industry and Commerce was renamed as the Department of Enterprise and Employment.
- On 21 January 1993 the Department of Agriculture and Food was renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
- On 22 January 1993 the Department of Energy was renamed as the Department of Tourism and Trade. On this date, Brian Cowen, who had initially been assigned to this department, was given the portfolio of Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications.
- On 22 January 1993 the Department of Tourism, Transport and Communications was renamed as the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications. On this date, Charlie McCreevy, who had initially been assigned to this department, was given the portfolio of Minister for Tourism and Trade.
- On 21 January 1993 the Department of Labour was renamed as the Department of Equality and Law Reform.
- On 21 January 1993 the Department of the Gaeltacht was renamed as the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
- "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 14 Dec 1992: Nomination of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 14 December 1992. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 15 Dec 1992: Resignation of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 15 December 1992. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government: Tuesday, 12 January 1993". Houses of the Oireachtas. 12 January 1993. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 22 Nov 1994: Resignation of Taoiseach and Ministerial Changes: Statement". Houses of the Oireachtas. 22 November 1994. Retrieved 15 August 2019.