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Government of Ireland

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Irish: Aire Fiontar, Trádála agus Fostaíochta) is the senior minister at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment in the Government of Ireland.

The current Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment is Mary Coughlan, TD. She is assisted by:

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Overview

The Minister heads one of the most important economic departments in the Irish Government, responsible for the implementation of policy in five key areas - Enterprise, Innovation, Growth; Quality, Work and Learning; Making Markets and Regulation work better; Quality, Value and Continuous Improvement; and the European Union. A large element of the work of the Department arises from the Republic's membership of a number of international organisations, in particular the European Union and the World Trade Organisation. The Department plays an active role in the development of EU and WTO policies, particularly to ensure that the Republic's interests are protected. The Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment is organised into seven divisions. They are:

  • Labour Force Development Division
  • Competitiveness and International Affairs Division
  • Employment Rights and Industrial Relations Division
  • Science, Technology and Intellectual Property Division
  • Corporate Services and Economic Policy Division
  • Commerce, Consumers and Competition Division
  • Enterprise and Agencies Division

List of office-holders

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Minister for Trade and Commerce 1919–1922

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. Ernest Blythe 17 June 1919 11 January 1922 Sinn Féin

Minister for Trade 1922

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
    Ernest Blythe 11 January 1922 30 August 1922 Sinn Féin

Minister for Industry and Commerce 1922–1977

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
Ernest Blythe 30 August 1922 9 September 1922 Pro-Treaty Sinn Féin
2. Joseph McGrath 30 August 1922 7 March 1924 Cumann na nGaedhael
3. Patrick McGilligan 4 April 1924 9 March 1932 Cumann na nGaedhael
4. Seán Lemass (1st time) 9 March 1932 16 September 1939 Fianna Fáil
5. Seán MacEntee 16 September 1939 18 August 1941 Fianna Fáil
Seán Lemass (2nd time) 18 August 1941 18 February 1948 Fianna Fáil
6. Daniel Morrissey 18 February 1948 7 March 1951 Fine Gael
7. Thomas F. O'Higgins 7 March 1951 13 June 1951 Fine Gael
Seán Lemass (3rd time) 13 June 1951 2 June 1954 Fianna Fáil
8. William Norton 2 June 1954 20 March 1957 Labour Party
Seán Lemass (4th time) 20 March 1957 23 June 1959 Fianna Fáil
9. Jack Lynch 23 June 1959 21 April 1965 Fianna Fáil
10. Patrick Hillery 21 April 1965 13 July 1966 Fianna Fáil
11. George Colley 13 July 1966 9 May 1970 Fianna Fáil
12. Patrick Lalor 9 May 1970 14 March 1973 Fianna Fáil
13. Justin Keating 14 March 1973 5 July 1977 Labour Party
14. Desmond O'Malley (1st time) 5 July 1977 23 September 1977 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Industry, Commerce and Energy 1977–1980

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
     Desmond O'Malley 23 September 1977 23 January 1980 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Industry, Commerce and Tourism 1980–1981

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
Desmond O'Malley 23 January 1980 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
15. John Kelly 30 June 1981 21 August 1981 Fine Gael

Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism 1981–1983

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
John Kelly 21 August 1981 9 March 1982 Fine Gael
Desmond O'Malley (2nd time) 9 March 1982 6 October 1982 Fianna Fáil
16. Paddy Power 7 October 1982 27 October 1982 Fianna Fáil
17. Pádraig Flynn (1st time) 27 October 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
18. Frank Cluskey 14 December 1982 8 December 1983 Labour Party
19. Garret FitzGerald (acting) 8 December 1983 13 December 1983 Fine Gael
20. John Bruton 13 December 1983 17 December 1983 Fine Gael

Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism 1983–1986

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
John Bruton 17 December 1983 14 February 1986 Fine Gael
21. Michael Noonan 14 February 1986 19 February 1986 Fine Gael

Minister for Industry and Commerce 1986–1993

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
Michael Noonan 19 February 1986 10 March 1987 Fine Gael
22. Albert Reynolds 10 March 1987 24 November 1988 Fianna Fáil
23. Ray Burke 24 November 1988 12 July 1989 Fianna Fáil
Desmond O'Malley (3rd time) 12 July 1989 4 November 1992 Progressive Democrats
Pádraig Flynn (2nd time) 5 November 1992 4 January 1993 Fianna Fáil
24. Bertie Ahern 4 January 1993 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil
25. Ruairi Quinn 12 January 1993 21 January 1993 Labour Party

Minister for Enterprise and Employment 1993–1997

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
Ruairi Quinn 21 January 1993 17 November 1994 Labour Party
26. Charlie McCreevy 18 November 1994 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil
27. Richard Bruton 15 December 1994 26 June 1997 Fine Gael
28. Mary Harney 26 June 1997 12 July 1997 Progressive Democrats

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment 1997–present

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
Mary Harney 12 July 1997 29 September 2004 Progressive Democrats
29. Micheál Martin 29 September 2004 7 May 2008 Fianna Fáil
30. Mary Coughlan 7 May 2008 Incumbent Fianna Fáil

See also

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