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Government of the 29th Dáil

 

Government of the 29th Dáil

Government of the 29th Dáil
26th Government of Ireland
Date formed 6 June 2002
Date dissolved 14 June 2007
People and organizations
Head of government Bertie Ahern
Deputy head of government Mary Harney (2002–06)
Michael McDowell (2006–07)
Head of state Mary McAleese
Total number of ministers 14
Member parties Fianna Fáil
Progressive Democrats
Status in legislature Coalition
Opposition leader Enda Kenny (Fine Gael)
History
Election(s) 2002 general election
Legislature term(s) 29th Dáil
Previous 25th Government of Ireland
Successor 27th Government of Ireland

The 29th Dáil was elected at the 2002 general election on 17 May 2002 and first met on 6 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 26th Government of Ireland was appointed.[1]

26th Government of Ireland

The 26th Government of Ireland (6 June 2002 – 14 June 2007) was formed by the Fianna Fáil and Progressive Democrats parties.[2]
Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern 2002–07 Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste Mary Harney 2002–06 Progressive Democrats
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment 2002–04
Minister for Agriculture and Food[3] Joe Walsh 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism[4] John O'Donoghue 2002–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources[5] Dermot Ahern 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs[6] Éamon Ó Cuív 2002–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Michael Smith 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government[7] Martin Cullen 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevy[8] 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Micheál Martin 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Michael McDowell 2002–07 Progressive Democrats
Minister for Social and Family Affairs[9] Mary Coughlan 2002–04 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport[10] Séamus Brennan 2002–04 Fianna Fáil

Changes 29 September 2004

Office Name Term Party
Minister for Agriculture and Food Mary Coughlan 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Noel Dempsey 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Dick Roche 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Finance Brian Cowen 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney 2004–07 Progressive Democrats
Minister for Social and Family Affairs Séamus Brennan 2004–07 Fianna Fáil
Minister for Transport Martin Cullen 2004–07 Fianna Fáil

Changes 13 September 2006

Office Name Term Party
Tánaiste Michael McDowell 2006–07 Progressive Democrats

See also

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. ^ "History of Government – Twenty-Ninth Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development was renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Food.
  4. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation was renamed as the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.
  5. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Marine and Natural Resources was renamed as the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
  6. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands was renamed as the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
  7. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Environment and Local Government was renamed as the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
  8. ^ In 2004, Charlie McCreevy was selected by the Government as Ireland's European Commissioner.
  9. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs was renamed as the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
  10. ^ On 6 June 2002 the Department of Public Enterprise was renamed as the Department of Transport.
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