Government of the 17th Dáil

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Government of the 17th Dáil
10th Government of Ireland
Date formed11 November 1961
Date dissolved21 April 1965
People and organisations
Head of stateÉamon de Valera
Head of governmentSeán Lemass
Deputy head of governmentSeán MacEntee
Total no. of ministers14
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMinority Government
Opposition leaderJames Dillon (Fine Gael)
Election(s)1961 general election
Legislature term(s)17th Dáil
Predecessor9th Government
Successor11th Government

The 17th Dáil was elected at the 1961 general election on 4 October 1961 and first met on 11 November when the 10th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 17th Dáil lasted for 1,281 days.

10th Government of Ireland[edit]

The 10th Government of Ireland (11 November 1961 – 21 April 1965) was formed by the Fianna Fáil party.[1]

Office Name Term
Taoiseach Seán Lemass 1961–65
Tánaiste Seán MacEntee 1961–65
Minister for Health
Minister for Agriculture Paddy Smith[2] 1961–64
Minister for Defence Gerald Bartley 1961–65
Minister for Education Patrick Hillery 1961–65
Minister for Finance James Ryan 1961–65
Minister for External Affairs Frank Aiken 1961–65
Minister for the Gaeltacht Mícheál Ó Móráin 1961–65
Minister for Lands
Minister for Industry and Commerce Jack Lynch 1961–65
Minister for Justice Charles Haughey 1961–64
Minister for Local Government Neil Blaney 1961–65
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Michael Hilliard 1961–65
Minister for Social Welfare Kevin Boland 1961–65
Minister for Transport and Power Erskine H. Childers 1961–65

Changes 8 October 1964[edit]

Following Paddy Smith's resignation:

Office Name Term
Minister for Agriculture Charles Haughey 1964–65
Minister for Justice Seán Lemass (acting)

Changes 3 November 1964[edit]

Office Name Term
Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan 1964–65

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Government – Seventeenth Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  2. ^ Paddy Smith resigned on 8 October 1964 in protest at the government's response to certain farming issues.