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Government of Ireland

The Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Irish: Aire Gnothaí Sóisialacha agus Teaghlaigh) is the senior minister at the Department of Social and Family Affairs in the Government of Ireland.

The current Minister for Social and Family Affairs is Mary Hanafin, TD. She is assisted by:

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Overview

The Department was formed in 1947 as the Department of Social Welfare. Its present title dates from 6 June 2002. The Department formulates appropriate social protection policies and administers and manages the delivery of statutory and non-statutory schemes and services. It is also responsible for the delivery of a range of social insurance and social assistance schemes including provision for unemployment, illness, maternity, caring, widowhood, retirement and old age. Payments are made to nearly 950,000 people each week with over 1.5 million people directly benefiting from those payments. The budget spend in 2002 was €9.52 billion.

List of office-holders

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Minister for Social Welfare 1947–1997

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. *James Ryan (1st time) 22 January 1947 18 February 1948 Fianna Fáil
2. William Norton 18 February 1948 14 June 1951 Labour Party
*James Ryan (2nd time) 14 June 1951 2 June 1954 Fianna Fáil
3. Brendan Corish (1st time) 2 June 1954 20 March 1957 Labour Party
4. Paddy Smith 20 March 1957 27 November 1957 Fianna Fáil
5. *Seán MacEntee 27 November 1957 12 October 1961 Fianna Fáil
6. Kevin Boland (1st time) 12 October 1961 16 November 1966 Fianna Fáil
7. Joseph Brennan (1st time) 16 November 1966 2 July 1969 Fianna Fáil
Kevin Boland (2nd time) 2 July 1969 6 May 1970 Fianna Fáil
Joseph Brennan (2nd time) 6 May 1970 14 March 1973 Fianna Fáil
*Brendan Corish (2nd time) 14 March 1973 5 July 1977 Labour Party
8. *Charles Haughey 5 July 1977 12 December 1979 Fianna Fáil
9. *Michael Woods (1st time) 12 December 1979 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
10. *Eileen Desmond 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Labour Party
*Michael Woods (2nd time) 9 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
11. *Barry Desmond 14 December 1982 14 February 1986 Labour Party
12. Gemma Hussey 14 February 1986 10 March 1987 Fine Gael
Michael Woods (3rd time) 10 March 1987 13 November 1991 Fianna Fáil
13. Brendan Daly 13 November 1991 11 February 1992 Fianna Fáil
14. Charlie McCreevy 11 February 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil
*Michael Woods (4th time) 12 January 1993 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil
15. Proinsias De Rossa 15 December 1994 26 June 1997 Democratic Left
16. Dermot Ahern 26 June 1997 12 July 1997 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs 1997–2002

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
     Dermot Ahern 12 July 1997 17 June 2002 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Social and Family Affairs 2002–present

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
17. Mary Coughlan 17 June 2002 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil
18. Séamus Brennan 29 September 2004 14 June 2007 Fianna Fáil
19. Martin Cullen 14 June 2007 7 May 2008 Fianna Fáil
20. Mary Hanafin 7 May 2008 Incumbent Fianna Fáil

An asterisk (*) indicates those ministers who held the Health and Social Welfare portfolios simultaneously.

See also

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