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Govt of the 30th Dáil (2007)

The 30th Dáil was elected at the 2007 general election on 24 May 2007 and first met on 14 June when President Mary McAleese appointed Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach, on the nomination of Dáil Éireann. On the nomination of the Taoiseach, and following the Dáil's approval the following the 27th Government of Ireland was appointed.[1]

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27th Government of Ireland

The 27th Government of Ireland (14 June 2007 – 7 May 2008) was composed of Fianna Fáil, the Green Party and the Progressive Democrats. It was also supported by four Independent TDs.[2] The members of the cabinet were:

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Brian Cowen 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food[3] Mary Coughlan 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Séamus Brennan 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources[4] Eamon Ryan 2007–08 Green Party
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley 2007–08 Green Party
Minister for Finance Brian Cowen 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney 2007–08 Progressive Democrats
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Brian Lenihan 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social and Family Affairs Martin Cullen 2007–08 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey 2007–08 Fianna Fáil

The government positions are listed in alphabetical order, rather than in terms of seniority.

28th Government of Ireland

The 28th Government of Ireland (7 May 2008 – present) was formed following the resignation of Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach on 6 May 2008 and the subsequent election of Brian Cowen as Ireland's 12th head of government. It was initially composed of Fianna Fáil, the Green Party, the Progressive Democrats and supported by two independent TDs.[5] Following the disbandment of the Progressive Democrats in 2009, it now consists of Fianna Fáil and the Green Party with the support of three independent TDs, including Mary Harney. The members of the cabinet are:

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Brian Cowen 2008– Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Mary Coughlan 2008– Fianna Fáil
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Brendan Smith 2008– Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Martin Cullen 2008– Fianna Fáil
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan 2008– Green Party
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív 2008– Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea 2008–10 Fianna Fáil
Brian Cowen (acting) 2010– Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science Batt O'Keeffe 2008- Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan 2008– Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley 2008– Green Party
Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan 2008– Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin 2008– Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney 2008– Independent
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Dermot Ahern 2008– Fianna Fáil
Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin 2008– Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey 2008– Fianna Fáil

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Footnotes

  1. ^ Under Article 13.1.1 of the 1937 Constitution of Ireland, the Dáil nominates a person whom it instructs the President to appoint as Taoiseach. The Taoiseach, following his appointment, then nominates his ministerial team en bloc to the Dáil for approval, in accordance with Article 13.1.2. If the Dáil duly approves the list, the President proceeds to appoint them. Though it is often said that the Taoiseach and government are elected by the Dáil that is technically incorrect. They only become ministers when the President appoints them and they receive their seal of office, not by means of the parliamentary vote, although the President's appointment is automatic when they have been duly approved.
  2. ^ The independent TDs who supported the 27th Government were: Beverley Flynn, Jackie Healy-Rae, Michael Lowry and Finian McGrath. Flynn later rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party in April 2008.
  3. ^ On 14 June 2007 the Department of Agriculture and Food was renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  4. ^ On 14 June 2007 the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources was renamed as the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
  5. ^ The independent TDs supporting the 28th Government are: Jackie Healy-Rae and Michael Lowry. Finian McGrath supported the government until October 2008.

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