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Irish Leader of the Opposition

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The Leader of the Opposition (Ir Ceannaire an Fhreasúra) in the Republic of Ireland is the politician who, at least in theory, leads the Parliamentary Opposition bloc in the lower house of the Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann. The current incumbent is Enda Kenny TD of the Fine Gael Party.

By convention, the Leader of the Opposition is the leader of the largest party of the Opposition. Historically these two parties have been Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

The Leader of the Opposition does not have a large official role, as most of the post's functions are honorific, ceremonial and nominal. He or she is invariably seen as the alternative Taoiseach to the present incumbent, and heads a rival alternative government known as the Front Bench, however, all the other non-government parties have their own front benches as well.

At present a Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition occupies the government benches of the Dáil chamber. The Opposition side of the house consists of Fine Gael, the Labour Party, Sinn Féin, the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas, the Socialist Party and several Independent TDs.

The diagram below shows a rather fragmented opposition side of the Dáil:

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Leaders of the Opposition

The bold print indicates politicians who went on to become Taoiseach.

No. Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Thomas Johnson December 6, 1922 September, 1927 Labour Party
2.Eamon de Valera (1st time) September, 1927 March 9, 1932 Fianna Fáil
3.William T. Cosgrave March 9, 1932 June 9, 1944 Fine Gael
4.Richard Mulcahy June 9, 1944 February 18, 1948 Fine Gael
Eamon de Valera (2nd time) February 18, 1948 June 13, 1951 Fianna Fáil
5.John A. Costello (1st time) June 13, 1951 June 2, 1954 Fine Gael
Eamon de Valera (3rd time) June 2, 1954 March 20, 1957 Fianna Fáil
John A. Costello (2nd time) March 20, 1957 October 21, 1959 Fine Gael
6.James Dillon October 21, 1959 April 21, 1965 Fine Gael
7.Liam Cosgrave April 21, 1965 March 14, 1973 Fine Gael
8.Jack Lynch March 14, 1973 July 5, 1977 Fianna Fáil
9.Garret FitzGerald (1st time) July 5, 1977 June 30, 1981 Fine Gael
10.Charles J. Haughey (1st time) June 30, 1981 March 9, 1982 Fianna Fáil
Garret FitzGerald (2nd time) March 9, 1982 December 14, 1982 Fine Gael
Charles J. Haughey (2nd time) December 14, 1982 March 10, 1987 Fianna Fáil
11.Alan Dukes March 10, 1987 November 20, 1990 Fine Gael
12John Bruton (1st time) November 20, 1990 December 15, 1994 Fine Gael
13.Bertie Ahern December 15, 1994 June 26, 1997 Fianna Fáil
John Bruton (2nd time) June 26, 1997 February 9, 2001 Fine Gael
14.Michael Noonan February 9, 2001 June 6, 2002 Fine Gael
15.Enda Kenny June 6, 2002 Current Incumbent Fine Gael



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