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FORMER WOMEN MINISTERS IN IRISH GOVERNMENTS

This table lists all women cabinet ministers and junior ministers in Ireland from the first such appointment in 1919 until March 2011. Those marked with † were members of the cabinet, and those marked with * are also members of the current government.

Name

Office

Party

Dates

Countess Markievicz

Minister for Labour †

Sinn Féin

1919-22

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for Industry, Commerce, & Energy
Minister of State, Department of Industry, Commerce, & Energy (with special responsibility for Consumer Affairs)
Minister for the Gaeltacht †
Minister of State, Department of the Taoiseach, (co-ordinator of Government Policy and EC matters)
Minister for Tourism, Transport & Communications †
Minister for Justice †
Minister for Equality & Law Reform

Fianna Fáil

1977-78

1978-79

1979-81
1987-91


1992-93

1993-94
1994

Eileen Desmond

Minister for Health and Minister for Social Welfare †

Labour

1981-82

Mary Flaherty

Minister of State, Department of Social Welfare Minister of State, Department of Health (Poverty & Family Affairs)

Fine Gael

1981-82

Nuala Fennell

Minister of State, Department of the Taoiseach & Department of Justice (Women’s Affairs and Law Reform)

Fine Gael

1982-87

Gemma Hussey

Minister of Education †
Minister for Social Welfare †
Minister for Health †

Fine Gael

1982-86
1986-87
1987

Avril Doyle

Minister of State, Department of Finance (with special responsibility for Office of Public Works) and Department of Environment (Environmental Protection)
Minister of State, Departments of the Taoiseach; Finance; and Transport, Energy & Communications

Fine Gael

1986-87



1994-97

Mary O’Rourke

Minister for Education †
Minister for Health †
Minister of State, Department of Industry & Commerce (with special responsibility for Trade & Marketing)
Minister of State, Department of Enterprise & Employment (Labour Affairs)
Minister for Public Enterprise

Fianna Fáil

1987-91
1991-92
1992-93


1993-94


1997-2002

Mary Harney

Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Environmental Protection)
T
ánaiste
Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment †
Minister for Health and Children †

Progressive Democrat

1989-92

1997-2006
1997-2004
2004-2011

Joan Burton*

Minister of State, Department of Justice (Social Welfare)
Minister of State, Department of Foreign Affairs (Overseas Development)

Labour

1992-94

1995-97

Eithne Fitzgerald

Minister of State, Office of the Tánaiste and Department of Finance (National Development Plan)
Minister of State, Department of Enterprise & Employment

Labour

1993-94



1994-97

Niamh Bhreathnach

Minister for Education

Labour

1993-97

Nora Owen

Minister for Justice

Fine Gael

1994-97

Liz McManus

Minister of State, Department of the Environment (with special responsibility for Poverty and Integration of Tax & Social Welfare Codes)

Democratic Left

1994-97

Síle de Valera

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht & the Islands †
Minister of State, Department of Education & Science

Fianna Fáil

1997-2002


2002-2007

Mary Wallace

Minister of State, Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform (with special responsibility for Equality & Disabilities)
Minister of State, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food
Minister of State, Department of Health and Children

Fianna Fáil

1997-2002



2007-2008

2008-2009

Liz O'Donnell

Minister of State, Department of Foreign Affairs (special responsibility for Overseas Development & Human Rights)

Progressive Democrats

1997-2002

Mary Hanafin

Minister of State, Department of Health & Children (special responsibility for children)
Minister for Education & Science
Minister for Social and Family Affairs †
Minister for Culture and Sport †
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation †

Fianna Fáil

2000-2002

2004-2008
2008-2010
2010-2011
2011

Mary Coughlan

Minister of State, Department of the Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht & the Islands (special responsibility for Gaeltacht & the Islands)
Minister for Social & Family Affairs
Minister for Agriculture & Food
T
ánaiste
Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment †
Minister for Education & Skills †
Minister for Health & Children †

Fianna Fáil

2000-2002


2002-2004
2004-2008
2008-2011
2008-2010
2010-2011
2011

Maire Hoctor

Minister of State, Department of Social & Family Affairs, Department of Health & Children and Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government

Fianna Fáil



2007-2009

Mary White

Minister of State, Department of Justice & Law Reform, Department of Communities, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs and Department of Education & Skills

Green Party



2010-2011

Aine Brady

Minister of State, Department of Health Health & Children and Department of Environment & Local Government

Fianna Fáil


2009-2011

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