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On Thursday, June 26, 2002, the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, on the nomination of the 29th Dáil Éireann, appointed Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach. On the nomination of the Taoiseach, and following the Dáil's "approval" the following Irish government (Rialtas na hÉireann) was appointed.

Under Article 13.1.1 of the 1937 Bunreacht na hÉireann (constitution), the Dáil nominates a person whom it instructs the President to appoint as Taoiseach. The Taoiseach, following his appointment, then nominates his ministerial team en bloc to the Dáil for approval, in accordance with Article 13.1.2. If the Dáil duly approves the list, the President proceeds to appoint them. Though it is often said that the Taoiseach and government are elected by the Dáil that is technically incorrect. They only become ministers when the President appoints them and they receive their seal of office, not by means of the parliamentary vote, though the President's appointment is automatic when they have been duly approved.

The Twenty-Sixth Government of Ireland

OFFICENAMETERM
An TaoiseachBertie Ahern2002–
An TánaisteMary Harney2002–
Minister for Agriculture & FoodJoe Walsh2002–2004
 Mary Coughlan2004–
Minister for Arts, Sport & TourismJohn O'Donoghue2002–
Minister for Communications, Marine & Natural ResourcesDermot Ahern2002–2004
 Noel Dempsey2004–
Minister for Community, Rural & Gaeltacht AffairsÉamon Ó Cuív2002–
Minister for DefenceMichael Smith2002–2004
 Willie O'Dea2004–
Minister for Education & ScienceNoel Dempsey2002–2004
 Mary Hanafin2004–
Minister for Enterprise, Trade & EmploymentMary Harney2002–2004
 Micheál Martin2004–
Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local GovernmentMartin Cullen2002–2004
 Dick Roche2004–
Minister for FinanceCharlie McCreevy2002–2004
 Brian Cowen2004–
Minister for Foreign AffairsBrian Cowen2002–2004
 Dermot Ahern2004–
Minister for Health & ChildrenMicheál Martin2002–2004
 Mary Harney2004–
Minister for Justice, Equality & Law ReformMichael McDowell2002–
Minister for Social & Family AffairsMary Coughlan2002-2004
 Séamus Brennan2004–
Minister for TransportSéamus Brennan2002–2004
 Martin Cullen2004–

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

See also

Preceded by:

Government of the 28th Dáil

Governments of Ireland
Rialtais na hÉireann
Succeeded by:
Government of the 30th Dáil
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