Government of the 21st Dáil

The 21st Dáil was elected at the 1977 general election on 16 June 1977. When it first met on 5 July, the 15th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 21st Dáil lasted for 1,456 days.

15th Government of Ireland

Government of the 21st Dáil
15th Government of Ireland
Date formed5 July 1977
Date dissolved11 December 1979
People and organisations
Head of statePatrick Hillery
Head of governmentJack Lynch
Deputy head of governmentGeorge Colley
Total no. of ministers15
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMajority Government
Opposition leaderGarret FitzGerald (Fine Gael)
History
Election(s)1977 general election
Legislature term(s)21st Dáil
Predecessor14th Government
Successor16th Government

The 15th Government of Ireland (5 July 1977 – 11 December 1979) was led by Jack Lynch as Taoiseach who led a single-party Fianna Fáil government.[1] It approved the Nuclear Energy Board plans for a plant at Carnsore Point to go ahead. Desmond O'Malley, as the minister with responsibility for the board was central to this policy. Later the 16th Government, under the same Dáil, dropped these plans.

The Ministers of the Government were approved by the Dáil on 5 July.[2]

Office Name Term
Taoiseach Jack Lynch 1977–79
Tánaiste George Colley 1977–79
Minister for Finance
Minister for the Public Service
Minister for Agriculture Jim Gibbons 1977–79
Minister for Defence Bobby Molloy 1977–79
Minister for Economic Planning and Development[3] Martin O'Donoghue 1977–79
Minister for Education John Wilson 1977–79
Minister for the Environment Sylvester Barrett 1977–79
Minister for Fisheries Brian Lenihan 1977–79
Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael O'Kennedy 1977–79
Minister for the Gaeltacht Denis Gallagher 1977–79
Minister for Health Charles Haughey 1977–79
Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Industry and Commerce Desmond O'Malley 1977–79
Minister for Justice Gerry Collins 1977–79
Minister for Labour Gene Fitzgerald 1977–79
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Pádraig Faulkner 1977–79
Minister for Tourism and Transport

16th Government of Ireland

Government of the 21st Dáil
16th Government of Ireland
Date formed11 December 1979
Date dissolved30 June 1981
People and organisations
Head of statePatrick Hillery
Head of governmentCharles Haughey
Deputy head of governmentGeorge Colley
Total no. of ministers15
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMajority Government
Opposition leaderGarret FitzGerald (Fine Gael)
History
Legislature term(s)21st Dáil
Predecessor15th Government
Successor17th Government

Following the resignation of Jack Lynch as leader of Fianna Fáil, Charles Haughey won the leadership election held on 11 December 1979. Lynch resigned as Taoiseach on the same day.[4] Haughey was then nominated by the Dáil as Taoiseach and appointed by the president.[5] The 16th Government of Ireland (11 December 1979 – 30 June 1981) was formed by Charles Haughey.

The Ministers of the Government were approved by the Dáil on 12 December and appointed by the president.[6]

Office Name Term
Taoiseach Charles Haughey 1979–81
Tánaiste George Colley 1979–81
Minister for Tourism and Transport[7] 1979–80
Minister for Agriculture Ray MacSharry 1979–81
Minister for Defence Pádraig Faulkner 1979–80
Minister for Economic Planning and Development[8] Michael O'Kennedy 1979–80
Minister for Finance
Minister for the Public Service
Minister for Education John Wilson 1979–81
Minister for the Environment Sylvester Barrett 1979–80
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry Paddy Power 1979–81
Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Lenihan 1979–81
Minister for the Gaeltacht Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 1979–81
Minister for Health Michael Woods 1979–81
Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Industry, Commerce and Energy[9] Desmond O'Malley 1979–81
Minister for Justice Gerry Collins 1979–81
Minister for Labour Gene Fitzgerald 1979–80
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Albert Reynolds 1979–81

Changes 22 January 1980

Office Name Term
Minister for Energy[8] George Colley 1980–81

Changes 25 January 1980

Changes made to ministerial roles.[10]

Office Name Term
Minister for Transport[7] Albert Reynolds[11] 1980–81

Changes 24 March 1980

Changes made to ministerial roles.[12]

Office Name Term
Minister for the Public Service Gene Fitzgerald[13] 1980–81

Changes 15 October 1980

On the election of Pádraig Faulkner as Ceann Comhairle.[14]

Office Name Term
Minister for Defence Sylvester Barrett 1980–81
Minister for the Environment Ray Burke 1980–81

Changes 16 December 1980

On the appointment of Michael O'Kennedy as European Commissioner.[15]

Office Name Term
Minister for Finance Gene Fitzgerald[16] 1980–81
Minister for Labour Tom Nolan 1980–81

See also

Footnotes

  1. "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 5 Jul 1977: Nomination of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 5 July 1977. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  2. "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 5 Jul 1977: Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government". Houses of the Oireachtas. 5 July 1977. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. The Department of Economic Planning and Development was established by the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1977 which was commenced on 13 December 1977. "Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1977". Irish Statute Book. 6 December 1977. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 11 Dec 1979: Resignation of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 11 December 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  5. "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 11 Dec 1979: Nomination of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 11 December 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 11 Dec 1979: Appointment of Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 11 December 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  6. "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 11 Dec 1979: Nomination of Members of Government". Houses of the Oireachtas. 11 December 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 12 Dec 1979: Nomination of Members of Government (Resumed)". Houses of the Oireachtas. 12 December 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 12 Dec 1979: Nomination of Members of Government (Resumed)". Houses of the Oireachtas. 12 December 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  7. The Department of Tourism and Transport was renamed as the Department of Transport with effect from 21 January 1980. "S.I. No. 11/1980 - Tourism and Transport (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1980". Irish Statute Book. 15 January 1980. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  8. The Department of Economic Planning and Development was renamed as the Department of Energy with effect from 21 January 1980. "S.I. No. 12/1980 - Economic Planning and Development (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1980". Irish Statute Book. 15 January 1980. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  9. The Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy was renamed as the Department of Industry, Commerce and Tourism with effect from 23 January 1980. "S.I. No. 10/1980 - Industry, Commerce and Energy (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1980". Irish Statute Book. 15 January 1980. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  10. "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 20 Feb 1980: Ministerial Titles and Functions". Houses of the Oireachtas. 20 February 1980. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  11. Held in addition to the Posts and Telegraphs portfolio.
  12. "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 24 Mar 1980: Announcement by Taoiseach". Houses of the Oireachtas. 24 March 1980. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  13. Held in addition to the Labour portfolio.
  14. "Dáil Éireann debate - Wednesday, 15 Oct 1980: Appointment of Member of Government: Motion". Houses of the Oireachtas. 15 October 1980. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  15. "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 16 Dec 1980: Resignation of Member of Government". Houses of the Oireachtas. 16 December 1980. Retrieved 19 August 2019.; "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 16 Dec 1980: Nomination of Member of Government: Motion". Houses of the Oireachtas. 16 December 1980. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  16. Held in addition to the Public Service portfolio.
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