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WOMEN MINISTERS IN THE IRISH GOVERNMENT

This page lists all current women members of the Irish government as at March 2011. Offices of cabinet rank are marked with a . There are currently two women in Enda Kenny's cabinet out of a total of fifteen. Also out of a total of fifteen, there are currently four women Ministers of State, which are junior ministers of non-cabinet rank. This equates to just 27%. Table 2 compares the current government with the gender balance of previous governments.

Table 1: Women Members of the Present (29th) Government

Name

Office

Party

Dates

Joan Burton

Minister for Social Protection †

Labour

2011-date

Frances Fitzgerald

Minister for Children

Fine Gael

2011-date

Roisin Shortall

Minister of State, Department of Health

Labour


2011-date

Jan O'Sullivan

Minister of State, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Labour

2011-date

Lucinda Creighton

Minister of State, Department of the Taoiseach and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Fine Gael

2011-date

Kathleen Lynch

Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence

Labour

2011-date

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Table 2: Gender breakdown of last recent governments

Election

Governing party

Office

Women

Men

% women

1993

Fianna Fáil & Labour

Cabinet

2

14

12.5..

Minister of State

3

13

20...

1994

Fine Gael, Labour & Democratic Left

Cabinet

2

14

12.5.

Minister of State

4

15

21..

1997

Fianna Fáil & Progressive Democrats

Cabinet

3

13

18.7

Minister of State

2

15

11.7

2002

Fianna Fáil & Progressive Democrats

Cabinet

3

13

19

Minister of State

2

15

12...

2007

Fianna Fáil, Greens & Progressive Democrats

Cabinet

3

12

20

Minister of State

2

18

10...

28th* Government

Fianna Fáil, Greens & Progressive Democrats

Cabinet

3

12

20

Minister of State

2

18

10...

2011

Fine Gael & Labour

Cabinet

2

13

13.

Minister of State

4

11

27...

 

* During the 28th government under Brian Cowen, the number of Ministers of State was reduced from 20 to 15 for cost cutting reasons due to the economic crisis. After 22 April 2009, there were still two women Ministers of State but as the overall number had been reduced to 15 the % of women increased to 13%
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