Minister of State for Employment and Small Business

The Minister of State for Employment and Small Business is a junior ministerial post in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation of the Government of Ireland.

The position previously existed from 1994 to 2011 with the title of Minister of State for Labour Affairs, and from 2014 to 2016 as Minister of State for Business and Employment. The position was abolished in March 2011 before its revival in the July 2014 reshuffle that saw the position mainly restored, under its current title, with additional responsibility for establishing a low pay commission and small and medium business.

The current incumbent is Pat Breen.

List of office-holders

Minister of State for Labour Affairs 1994–2011

No. Name Term of office Party
1. Mary O'Rourke 13 February 1992 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil
2. Eithne FitzGerald 20 December 1994 26 June 1997 Labour Party
3. Tom Kitt 8 July 1997 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil
4. Frank Fahey 19 June 2002 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil
5. Tony Killeen 29 September 2004 20 June 2007 Fianna Fáil
6. Billy Kelleher 20 June 2007 21 April 2009 Fianna Fáil
7. Dara Calleary 22 April 2009 9 March 2011 Fianna Fáil

Minister of State for Business and Employment 2014–2016

No. Name Term of office Party
8. Ged Nash 11 July 2014 6 May 2016 Labour Party

Minister of State for Employment and Small Business 2016–present

No. Name Term of office Party
9. Pat Breen 6 May 2016 Incumbent Fine Gael

See also

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