Ministers

The following is a list of ministers, and the briefs to which they are assigned.

  • Enda Kenny (Fine Gael): Taoiseach
  • Eamon Gilmore (Labour Party): Tánaiste; Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Simon Coveney (Fine Gael): Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food
  • Jimmy Deenihan (Fine Gael): Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
  • Frances Fitzgerald (Fine Gael): Minister for Children
  • Pat Rabbitte (Labour Party): Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Ruairi Quinn (Labour Party): Minister for Education and Skills
  • Richard Bruton (Fine Gael): Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation
  • Phil Hogan (Fine Gael): Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
  • Michael Noonan (Fine Gael): Minister for Finance
  • James Reilly (Fine Gael): Minister for Health
  • Alan Shatter (Fine Gael): Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence
  • Brendan Howlin (Labour Party): Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Joan Burton (Labour Party): Minister for Social Protection
  • Leo Varadkar (Fine Gael): Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

They are assisted in their duties by fifteen ministers of state, or ‘junior ministers’, who are:

  • Paul Kehoe (Fine Gael): Government Chief Whip; Minister of State for Defence
  • Jan O’Sullivan (Labour Party): Minister of State for Housing and Planning
  • Dinny McGinley (Fine Gael): Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs
  • Róisín Shortall (Labour Party): Minister of State for Primary Care
  • John Perry (Fine Gael): Minister of State for Small Business
  • Michael Ring (Fine Gael): Minister of State for Tourism and Sport
  • Kathleen Lynch (Labour Party): Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People
  • Fergus O’Dowd (Fine Gael): Minister of State for the NewEra Project
  • Brian Hayes (Fine Gael): Minister of State at the Department of Finance for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works
  • Tom Hayes (Fine Gael): Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety
  • Paschal Donohoe (Fine Gael): Minister of State for European Affairs
  • Seán Sherlock (Labour Party): Minister of State for Research and Innovation
  • Ciarán Cannon (Fine Gael): Minister of State for Training and Skills
  • Alan Kelly (Labour Party): Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport
  • Joe Costello (Labour Party): Minister of State for Trade and Development

Kehoe and O’Sullivan also attend meetings of the Cabinet (i.e. of the ‘senior’ ministers).

Two other people also attend each meeting of the Cabinet: the Attorney-General, Máire Whelan, and the Secretary-General at the Department of the Taoiseach, Martin Fraser.