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Irish Minister for Defence

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The Minister for Defence is the senior minister at the Department of Defence (An Roinn Cosanta) in the Irish Government. The current Minister for Defence is Willie O'Dea, TD; he is assisted by Minister of State Tom Kitt, TD. The department is responsible for the Irish Defence Forces; its primary concern is that of ensuring a secure and stable environment for the economic growth and development of the country.

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List of Ministers for Defence

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Richard Mulcahy (1st time) 1 January 22, 1919 April 1, 1919 Sinn Féin
2.Cathal Brugha 2 April 1, 1919 January 9, 1922 Sinn Féin
Richard Mulcahy (2nd time) January 10, 1922 March 19, 1924 Pro-Treaty Sinn Féin
3.W.T. Cosgrave (acting) March 20, 1924 November 21, 1924 Pro-Treaty Sinn Féin
4.Peter Hughes November 21, 1924 June 23, 1927 Cumann na nGaedhael
5.Desmond FitzGerald June 23, 1927 March 9, 1932 Cumann na nGaedhael
6.Frank Aiken March 9, 1932 September 8, 1939 Fianna Fáil
7.Oscar Traynor (1st time) September 8, 1939 February 18, 1948 Fianna Fáil
8.Thomas F. O'Higgins February 18, 1948 March 7, 1951 Fine Gael
9.Seán MacEoin (1st time) March 7, 1951 June 13, 1951 Fine Gael
Oscar Traynor (2nd time) June 13, 1951 June 2, 1954 Fianna Fáil
Seán MacEoin (2nd time) June 2, 1954 March 20, 1957 Fine Gael
10.Kevin Boland March 20, 1957 October 11, 1961 Fianna Fáil
11.Gerald Bartley October 11, 1961 April 21, 1965 Fianna Fáil
12.Michael Hilliard April 21, 1965 July 2, 1969 Fianna Fáil
13.Jim Gibbons July 2, 1969 May 9, 1970 Fianna Fáil
14.Jerry Cronin May 9, 1970 March 14, 1973 Fianna Fáil
15.Paddy Donegan March 14, 1973 December 2, 1976 Fine Gael
16.Liam Cosgrave (acting) December 2, 1976 December 16, 1976 Fine Gael
17.Oliver J. Flanagan December 16, 1976 July 5, 1977 Fine Gael
18.Bobby Molloy July 5, 1977 December 11, 1979 Fianna Fáil
19.Pádraig Faulkner December 12, 1979 October 15, 1980 Fianna Fáil
20.Sylvester Barret October 15, 1979 June 30, 1981 Fianna Fáil
21.James Tully June 30, 1981 March 9, 1982 Labour
22.Paddy Power March 9, 1982 December 14, 1982 Fianna Fáil
23.Patrick Cooney December 14, 1982 February 14, 1986 Fine Gael
24.Paddy O'Toole February 14, 1982 March 10, 1987 Fine Gael
25.Michael J. Noonan March 10, 1987 July 12, 1989 Fianna Fáil
26.Brian Lenihan July 12, 1989 October 31, 1990 Fianna Fáil
27.Charles Haughey (acting) November 1, 1990 February 5, 1991 Fianna Fáil
28.Brendan Daly February 5, 1991 November 14, 1991 Fianna Fáil
29.Vincent Brady November 14, 1991 February 11, 1992 Fianna Fáil
30.John P. Wilson February 11, 1992 January 12, 1993 Fianna Fáil
31.David Andrews (1st time) 3 January 12, 1993 December 15, 1994 Fianna Fáil
32.Hugh Coveney 3 December 15, 1994 May 23, 1995 Fine Gael
33.Seán Barret 3 May 23, 1995 June 26, 1997 Fine Gael
34.David Andrews (2nd time) June 26, 1997 October 8, 1997 Fianna Fáil
25.Michael Smith October 8, 1997 September 29, 2004 Fianna Fáil
26.Willie O'Dea September 29, 2004 (Current office-holder) Fianna Fáil

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Footnotes

  1. On the first occasion he served as defence minister, Mulcahy bore the title of Minister for National Defence.
  2. Brugha bore the title of Secretary of State for Defence.
  3. As Minister for Defence and the Marine.

See also

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