Government of the 32nd Dáil

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The 32nd Dáil was elected at the 2016 general election. When it met on 10 March 2016, the Dáil failed to elect a Taoiseach, resulting in the formal resignation of Enda Kenny who continued in a caretaker capacity pending the appointment of the 30th Government of Ireland. After two further failed attempts to elect a Taoiseach Enda Kenny was eventually elected at the fourth time of asking on the Friday, 6 May 2016 and his cabinet was announced later that day. This was the first occasion on which an outgoing Fine Gael Taoiseach was re-elected.[1]

30th Government of Ireland[edit]

Government of the 32nd Dáil
30th Government of Ireland
Enda Kenny EPP 2014 (cropped).jpg
Date formed 6 May 2016
Date dissolved 14 June 2017
People and organisations
Head of state Michael D. Higgins
Head of government Enda Kenny
Deputy head of government Frances Fitzgerald
No. of ministers 15
Member parties Fine Gael
Independents
1 Labour Party member
Status in legislature Minority coalition
Opposition cabinet Third Martin front bench
Opposition party Fianna Fáil
Opposition leader Micheál Martin
History
Election(s) 2016 general election
Legislature term(s) 32nd Dáil
Budget(s) 2017
Incoming formation 2016 government formation
Predecessor 29th Government
Successor 31st Government

Formation[edit]

Nomination of Taoiseach vote[edit]

6 May 2016
Nomination of Taoiseach vote for Enda Kenny

Motion proposed by Noel Rock and seconded by Catherine Byrne
Absolute majority: 79/158
Vote Parties Votes
☑Y Yes Fine Gael (50), Independent (9)
59 / 158
No Sinn Féin (23), Labour Party (7), Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit (6),
Independents 4 Change (4), Social Democrats (3), Workers and Unemployed Action (1), Independents (5)
49 / 158
Not voting Fianna Fáil (43), Green Party (2), Independent (4), Ceann Comhairle (1)
50 / 158
Source: Oireachtas Debates Nomination of Taoiseach (Resumed) (Continued) Friday, 6 May 2016

Composition[edit]

Ministers are listed by seniority.[2]

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Enda Kenny 2016–17 Fine Gael
Minister for Defence
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald
Minister for Justice and Equality
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton
Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney
Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys
Minister for Health Simon Harris
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten Independent
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor Fine Gael
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone Independent

The following attended cabinet meetings, but did not have a vote:

Office Name Term Party
Attorney General Máire Whelan 2016–17 Labour Party
Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty Fine Gael
Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath Independent
Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe Fine Gael

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

31st Government of Ireland[edit]

Government of the 32nd Dáil
31st Government of Ireland
Leo Varadkar 2016.jpg
Date formed 14 June 2017
People and organisations
Head of state Michael D. Higgins
Head of government Leo Varadkar
Deputy head of government Frances Fitzgerald
No. of ministers 15
Member parties Fine Gael
Independents
Status in legislature Minority coalition
Opposition cabinet Third Martin front bench
Opposition party Fianna Fáil
Opposition leader Micheál Martin
History
Legislature term(s) 32nd Dáil
Budget(s) 2018
Predecessor 30th Government

The 31st Government of Ireland was formed following the appointment of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach on 14 June 2017.

Nomination of Taoiseach vote[edit]

14 June 2017
Nomination of Taoiseach vote for Leo Varadkar

Motion proposed by Enda Kenny and seconded by Josepha Madigan
Absolute majority: 79/158
Vote Parties Votes
☑Y Yes Fine Gael (50), Independents (7)
57 / 158
No Sinn Féin (23), Labour Party (7), Solidarity–People Before Profit (6),
Independents 4 Change (4), Green Party (2), Social Democrats (2), Workers and Unemployed Action (1), Independents (5)
50 / 158
Abstain Fianna Fáil (44), Independent (1)
45 / 158
Not voting Independent (3), Ceann Comhairle (1)
4 / 158
Source: Oireachtas Debates Nomination of Taoiseach (Resumed) (Continued) Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Composition[edit]

Ministers are listed by seniority.[3][4]

Office Name Term Party
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar 2017–present Fine Gael
Minister for Defence
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald 2017[5]
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe 2017–present
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney
Minister for Justice and Equality Charles Flanagan
Minister for Health Simon Harris
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys 2017
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed 2017–present
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten Independent
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone
Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring Fine Gael
Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy

Changes November 2017[edit]

Appointments made on 30 November following the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald from Government on 28 November. [6]

Office Name Term Party
Tánaiste Simon Coveney 2017–present Fine Gael
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan

The following attend cabinet meetings, but do not have a vote:

Office Name Term Party
Attorney General Séamus Woulfe 2017–present Fine Gael
Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh Fine Gael
Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath Independent
Minister of State at the Department of Defence[7] Paul Kehoe Fine Gael
Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor Fine Gael

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenny secures second term as Taoiseach". RTÉ News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government: Motion (Continued)". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  4. ^ Department of the Taoiseach (June 2017). "List of Ministers and Ministers of State". Retrieved 22 June 2017. Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Leo Varadkar 
  5. ^ "Taoiseach's Statement on the Resignation of the Tánaiste". Merrion Street. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Taoiseach announces appointment of Tánaiste and Ministers of Government". Merrion Street. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announces new Cabinet positions". RTÉ News. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 Jun 2017. Wexford TD Paul Kehoe remains in his role as Minister of State in Defence, ...