Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

Minister for
Transport, Tourism and Sport
Shane Ross

since 6 May 2016
Appointer President of Ireland on the nomination of the Taoiseach
Inaugural holder Erskine H. Childers as Minister for Transport and Power
Formation 27 July 1959

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Irish: An tAire Iompair, Turasóireachta agus Spóirt) is the senior minister at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Government of Ireland.

The current Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport is Shane Ross, TD. He is assisted by:


The Minister and the Department are responsible for implementing an integrated transport policy. The integrated policy will be designed as far as possible to overcome existing delays, bottlenecks and congestion and to provide the consumer with greater choice by offering alternative modes of transport. Through the integrated approach the Department will develop and implement policies designed to improve regional balance, and reduce rural isolation and social exclusion.

Specific responsibilities which come under the aegis of the Minister for Transport in relation to national roads and to road transport in general include: delivering on the national roads programme as part of the national development plan; implementing the Government's roads safety strategy and related policies for the regulation of vehicle standards; road haulage licensing; driver licensing; and driver testing.

In respect of aviation policy, the Department is responsible for ensuring that aviation practices and procedures comply with best international standards; promoting the development of a vibrant, competitive and progressively regulated aviation sector and the provision of adequate airport infrastructure and competitive airport services.

In respect of Maritime Transport, the Department is responsible for establishing, promoting, regulating and enforcing Maritime Safety and Security Standards, providing emergency response services and safeguarding the Maritime Environment. It is also responsible for ports and shipping policy.

In 1991 the functions of the Minister for Communications were transferred to the Minister for Transport. In January 2006 several areas relating to the Marine were moved to the Department of Transport from the then Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources. These included the Irish Coast Guard, Marine Survey Office (MSO), Aids to Navigation Section and the Marine Environment Division.

List of office-holders

  Denotes acting Minister
No. Name Term of office Party
1. Erskine H. Childers 27 July 1959 2 July 1969 Fianna Fáil
2. Brian Lenihan 2 July 1969 3 January 1973 Fianna Fáil
3. Michael O'Kennedy 3 January 1973 14 March 1973 Fianna Fáil
4. Peter Barry 14 March 1973 2 December 1976 Fine Gael
5. Tom Fitzpatrick 2 December 1976 5 July 1977 Fine Gael
6. Pádraig Faulkner 5 July 1977 12 July 1979 Fianna Fáil
No. Name Term of office Party
Pádraig Faulkner 12 July 1977 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil
7. George Colley 12 December 1979 25 January 1980 Fianna Fáil
No. Name Term of office Party
8. Albert Reynolds 25 January 1980 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
9. Patrick Cooney 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Fine Gael
10. John Wilson (1st time) 9 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
11. Jim Mitchell 14 December 1982 10 March 1987 Fine Gael
No. Name Term of office Party
12. Ray MacSharry 20 March 1987 31 March 1987 Fianna Fáil
John Wilson (2nd time) 31 March 1987 12 July 1989 Fianna Fáil
13. Séamus Brennan (1st time) 12 July 1989 7 February 1991 Fianna Fáil
No. Name Term of office Party
Séamus Brennan (1st time) 7 February 1991 11 February 1992 Fianna Fáil
14. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 11 February 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil
15. Charlie McCreevy 12 January 1993 22 January 1993 Fianna Fáil
No. Name Term of office Party
16. Brian Cowen 22 January 1993 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil
17. Michael Lowry 15 December 1994 30 November 1996 Fine Gael
18. John Bruton (acting) 30 November 1996 3 December 1996 Fine Gael
19. Alan Dukes 3 December 1996 26 June 1997 Fine Gael
20. Mary O'Rourke 26 June 1997 12 July 1997 Fianna Fáil
No. Name Term of office Party
Mary O'Rourke 12 July 1997 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil
No. Name Term of office Party
Séamus Brennan (2nd time) 6 June 2002 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil
21. Martin Cullen 29 September 2004 14 June 2007 Fianna Fáil
22. Noel Dempsey 14 June 2007 19 January 2011 Fianna Fáil
23. Pat Carey 20 January 2011 8 March 2011 Fianna Fáil
No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
24. Leo Varadkar 9 March 2011 11 July 2014 Fine Gael
25. Paschal Donohoe 11 July 2014 6 May 2016 Fine Gael
26. Shane Ross 6 May 2016 Incumbent Independent

See also

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