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The 13th Dáil was elected on February 4, 1957 and first met on February 18 when the 5th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 13th Dáil lasted for 1,211 days.

The Fifth Government of Ireland - or more commonly the First Inter-Party Government - is the name given to the government which lead Ireland from 1948 to 1951. The government was made up of a number of political parties including Fine Gael, Labour, Clann na Poblachta and Clann na Talmhan. It was the first change of government since 1932. The parties had many different aims and viewpoints, but a united hatred of Fianna Fáil overcame all difficulties in forming a government. The Cabinet was made up of representatives of all parties and ministers were given a great degree of independence. Some key events during the lifetime of the government include the declaration of the Republic of Ireland in 1949 and the crisis surrounding the "Mother & Child Scheme" in 1951.

The 5th Government of Ireland

OFFICENAMETERMPARTY
An TaoiseachJohn A. Costello1948–1951Fine Gael
An Tánaiste
Minister for Social Welfare
William Norton1948–1951Labour Party
Minister for External AffairsSeán MacBride1948–1951Clann na Poblachta
Minister for FinancePatrick McGilligan1948–1951Fine Gael
Minister for Industry & CommerceDaniel Morrissey1948–1951Fine Gael
 Dr. Thomas F. O'Higgins1951Fine Gael
Minister for Local GovernmentTimothy J. Murphy1948–1949Labour Party
 Michael Keyes1949–1951Labour Party
Minister for HealthDr. Noel Browne1948–1951Clann na Poblachta
 John A. Costello1951Fine Gael
Minister for AgricultureJames Dillon1948–1951Fine Gael
Minister for EducationRichard Mulcahy1948–1951Fine Gael
Minister for JusticeSeán MacEoin1948–1951Fine Gael
 Daniel Morrissey1992–1995Fine Gael
Minister for DefenceDr. Thomas F. O'Higgins1948–1951Fine Gael
 Seán MacEoin1951Fine Gael
Minister for Posts & TelegraphsJames Everett1948–1951Nat. Lab
Minister for LandsJoseph Blowick1948–1951Clann na Talmhan

Government positions are listed in terms of seniority.

Parliamentary Secretaries

OFFICENAMETERMPARTY
Parl. Sec. to the Taoiseach
Par. Sec to the Minister for Industry & Commerce
Liam Cosgrave1948–1951Fine Gael
Parl. Sec. to the Minister for FinanceMichael Donnellan1948–1951Clann na Talmhan
Par. Sec to the Minister for Local Government
Par. Sec to the Minister for Defence
Brendan Corish1948–1951Labour Party

See also

Preceded by:

Government of the 12th Dáil

Governments of Ireland
Rialtais na hÉireann
Succeeded by:
Government of the 14th Dáil
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