Government of the 32nd Dáil

Government of the 32nd Dáil
30th Government of Ireland
Date formed 6 May 2016
People and organisations
Head of government Enda Kenny
Deputy head of government Frances Fitzgerald
Head of state Michael D. Higgins (2011–present)
Number of ministers 15
Member party Fine Gael
Status in legislature Minority coalition
Opposition cabinet Second Martin Shadow Cabinet
Opposition party Fianna Fáil
Opposition leader Micheál Martin
Election(s) 2016 general election
Legislature term(s) 32nd Dáil
Predecessor 29th Government of Ireland

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


Nomination of Taoiseach vote


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
Yes 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
Abstentions 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



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

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

Office Name Term Party
Attorney General Máire Whelan 2011–present Labour Party
Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty 2016–present Fine Gael
Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath 2016–present Independent
Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe 2016–present Fine Gael

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

See also


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