Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs

Summary

The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs is a junior ministerial post in the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Ireland who may perform functions delegated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. A Minister of State does not hold cabinet rank.

There are currently two Ministers of State, who were appointed in 2020:[1]

List of Parliamentary Secretaries

Department of External Affairs 1933–1943

Name Term of office Party Government
Patrick Little 1 March 1933 27 September 1939 Fianna Fáil 7th EC • 8th EC • 1st • 2nd
Paddy Smith 27 September 1939 1 July 1943 Fianna Fáil 2nd

Department of Foreign Affairs 1977–1978

Name Term of office Party Government
David Andrews 5 July 1977 1 January 1978 Fianna Fáil 15th

List of Ministers of State

Department of Foreign Affairs 1978–2011

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
David Andrews 1 January 1978 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil 15th
Jim O'Keeffe 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Fine Gael Overseas development 17th[2]
16 December 1982 13 February 1986 19th[3]
George Birmingham 13 February 1986 10 March 1987 Fine Gael European Affairs and Development Co-operation
Seán Calleary 12 March 1987 12 July 1989 Fianna Fáil Overseas Aid 20th[4]
19 July 1989 11 February 1992 21st[5]
Brendan Daly 13 February 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil 22nd[6]
Tom Kitt 14 January 1993 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil European Affairs and Overseas development assistance 23rd[7]
Joan Burton 20 December 1994 26 June 1997 Labour Overseas development assistance 24th[8]
Gay Mitchell 20 December 1994 26 June 1997 Fine Gael European Affairs
Liz O'Donnell 1 July 1997 6 June 2002 Progressive Democrats Overseas development assistance and Human rights 25th[9]
Dick Roche 6 June 2002 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil European Affairs 26th[10][11]
Tom Kitt 19 June 2002 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil Overseas development and Human rights
Conor Lenihan 5 October 2004 20 June 2007 Fianna Fáil Overseas development
Noel Treacy 29 September 2004 20 June 2007 Fianna Fáil European Affairs
Michael Kitt 20 June 2007 13 May 2008 Fianna Fáil Overseas development 27th[12]
Dick Roche 14 June 2007 9 March 2011 Fianna Fáil European Affairs 27th • 28th
Peter Power 13 May 2008 9 March 2011 Fianna Fáil Overseas development 28th[13]

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2011–2020

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
Jan O'Sullivan 10 March 2011 20 December 2011 Labour Trade and Development 29th[14][15]
Lucinda Creighton 10 March 2011 11 July 2013 Fine Gael European Affairs
Joe Costello 20 December 2011 15 July 2014 Labour Trade and Development
Paschal Donohoe 12 July 2013 11 July 2014 Fine Gael European Affairs
Seán Sherlock 15 July 2014 6 May 2016 Labour Overseas development aid, Trade promotion and North-South co-operation
Jimmy Deenihan 15 July 2014 6 May 2016 Fine Gael Diaspora
Dara Murphy 15 July 2014 20 June 2017 Fine Gael European Affairs 29th • 30th
Joe McHugh 19 May 2016 16 June 2017 Fine Gael Diaspora and Overseas development aid 30th[16]
Ciarán Cannon 20 June 2017 27 June 2020 Fine Gael Diaspora and International development 31st[17]
Helen McEntee 20 June 2017 27 June 2020 Fine Gael European Affairs

Department of Foreign Affairs 2020–present

Name Term of office Party Responsibilities Government
Colm Brophy 1 July 2020 Incumbent Fine Gael Overseas development aid and the Diaspora 32nd[18]
Thomas Byrne 1 July 2020 Incumbent Fianna Fáil European Affairs

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