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Irish Minister for Posts and Telegraphs

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The Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Irish An t-Áire Puist agus Telegrafa) was a senior Irish government minister from 1924 to 1984, when the post and the department was abolished.

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Creation and origins

The office of Minister for Post and Telegraphs was created in the Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924, which totally re-organised the new Irish system of government. It replaced and took over the role previously exercised by the Postmaster-General in the administration of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

Legal definition

The Ministers and Secretaries Act in Section (1) Part (ix) defined the Department's role as follows

The Department of Posts and Telegraphs which shall comprise the administration and business generally of public services in connection with posts, telegraphs, and telephones, and all powers, duties and functions connected with the same, and shall include in particular the business, powers, duties and functions of the branches and officers of the public services specified in the Eighth Part of the Schedule to this Act, and of which Department the head shall be, and shall be styled, an t-Aire Puist agus Telegrafa or (in English) the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs.

Responsibilities, reform and abolition

The Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, sometimes called the P and T, was responsible for Irelands postal and telecommunications services from 1924 to 1984. In that time the department was one of the largest civil service departments in Ireland. The reform of the sector and department begain, in ernest in 1978 with the creation of the Posts and Telegraphs Review Group. This lead to the creation of the ad-hoc, in 1979 after the report was delivered, of the Interim Board for Posts (Irish: An Bord Poist), chaired by Feargal Quinn, and the Interim Board for Telecommunications (Irish: An Bord Telecom) chaired by Michael Smurfit. These two boards continued to sit until the semi-state orgainsations which replaced them - An Post and Telecom Éireann repectively, were created in 1984 - the Minister of Posts & Telegraphs ceased to exist at that time and the functions and liabilities were passed to the newly created office of Minister for Communications; this was one of the largest reorganisations of the civil service in modern times and a result civil service numbers nearly halfed overnight because of the tranfer of personnel.

Minister for the Post Office 1922-1924

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.James J. Walsh April 1, 1922 June 2, 1924 Cumann na nGaedhael


Minister for Posts & Telegraphs 1924-1984

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
James J. Walsh June 2, 1924 October 12, 1927 Cumann na nGaedhael
2.Ernest Blythe October 12, 1927 March 9, 1932 Cumann na nGaedhael
3.Joseph Connolly March 9, 1932 February 8, 1933 Fianna Fáil
4.Gerald Boland February 8, 1933 November 11, 1936 Fianna Fáil
5.Oscar Traynor November 11, 1936 September 8, 1939 Fianna Fáil
6.Tomás Ó Deirg September 8, 1939 September 27, 1939 Fianna Fáil
7.Patrick Little September 27, 1939 February 18, 1948 Fianna Fáil
8.James Everett February 18, 1948 June 13, 1951 Labour
9.Erskine Childers (1st time) June 13, 1951 June 2, 1954 Fianna Fáil
10.Michael Keyes June 2, 1954 March 20, 1957 Labour
11.Neil Blaney March 20, 1957 December 4, 1957 Fianna Fáil
12.John Ormonde December 4, 1957 June 23, 1959 Fianna Fáil
13.Michael Hilliard June 23, 1959 April 21, 1965 Fianna Fáil
14.Joseph Brennan April 21, 1965 November 10, 1966 Fianna Fáil
Erskine Childers (2nd time) November 10, 1966 July 2, 1969 Fianna Fáil
15.Patrick Lalor July 2, 1969 May 9, 1970 Fianna Fáil
16.Gerard Collins May 9, 1970 March 14, 1973 Fianna Fáil
17.Conor Cruise O'Brien March 14, 1973 July 5, 1977 Labour
18.Pádraig Faulkner July 5, 1977 December 11, 1979 Fianna Fáil
19.Albert Reynolds December 12, 1979 June 30, 1981 Fianna Fáil
20.Patrick Cooney June 30, 1981 March 9, 1982 Fine Gael
21.John P. Wilson (1st time) March 9, 1982 December 14, 1982 Fianna Fáil
22.Jim Mitchell December 14, 1982 January 2, 1984 Fine Gael



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