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Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform

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The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is the senior minister at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform (An Roinn Dlí agus Cirt, Comhionannais agus Athchóirithe Dlí) in the Irish Government.

The current Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is Michael McDowell, TD. He is assisted by:

The Minister has overall responsibility for law and order in the Republic of Ireland. The position was created in 1997 when the portfolio of the Minister for Justice was amalgamated with that of the Minister for Equality and Law Reform. From 1919 until 1923 the holder of the justice portfolio was known as the "Minister for Home Affairs".

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Overview

The Minister's and the Department's main areas of reponsibility include:

  • Implementing government policy on crime and protecting the security of the State.
  • Providing policy advice in relation to the criminal justice system (Garda Síochána etc).
  • Continuing reform of the criminal law and updating areas of the civil law.
  • Implementation of core elements of the Good Friday Agreement.
  • Implementation of the government's asylum strategy and development of the national immigration policy.
  • Implementation of policy in relation to equal treatment, anti-racism, disability equality and human rights.

List of office-holders

Ministers for Home Affairs (1919-1923)

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Michael Collins January 22, 1919 April 1, 1919 Sinn Féin
2.Arthur Griffith April 2, 1919 August 22, 1921 Sinn Féin
3.Austin Stack1 August 22, 1921 January 9, 1922 Sinn Féin
4.Eamonn Duggan January 10, 1922 September 9, 1922 Pro-Treaty Sinn Féin
5.Kevin O'Higgins August 30, 1922 September 19, 1923 Cumann na nGaedhael


Ministers for Justice (1923-1997)

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
Kevin O'Higgins September 19, 1923 July 10, 1927 Cumann na nGaedhael
6.W.T. Cosgrave July 10, 1927 October 12, 1927 Cumann na nGaedhael
7.James FitzGerald-Kenney October 12, 1927 March 9, 1932 Cumann na nGaedhael
8.James Geoghegan March 9, 1932 February 8, 1933 Fianna Fáil
9.P.J. Ruttledge February 8, 1933 September 8, 1939 Fianna Fáil
10.Gerald Boland (1st time) September 8, 1939 February 18, 1948 Fianna Fáil
11.Seán MacEoin February 18, 1948 March 7, 1951 Fine Gael
12.Daniel Morrissey March 7, 1951 June 13, 1951 Fine Gael
.Gerald Boland (2nd time) June 13, 1951 June 2, 1954 Fianna Fáil
10.James Everett June 2, 1954 March 20, 1957 Labour
11.Oscar Traynor March 20, 1957 October 11, 1961 Fianna Fáil
12.Charles Haughey October 11, 1961 October 8, 1964 Fianna Fáil
13.Sean Lemass (acting) October 8, 1964 November 3, 1964 Fianna Fáil
14.Brian Lenihan November 3, 1964 March 26, 1968 Fianna Fáil
15.Micheál Ó Moráin March 27, 1968 May 5, 1970 Fianna Fáil
16.Desmond O'Malley May , 1970 March 14, 1973 Fianna Fáil
17.Patrick Cooney March 14, 1973 July 5, 1977 Fine Gael
18.Gerard Collins (1st time) July 5, 1977 June 30, 1981 Fianna Fáil
19.Jim Mitchell June 30, 1981 March 9, 1982 Fine Gael
20.Seán Doherty March 9, 1982 December 14, 1982 Fianna Fáil
21.Michael Noonan December 14, 1982 February 14, 1986 Fine Gael
22.Alan Dukes February 14, 1986 March 10, 1987 Fine Gael
Gerard Collins (2nd time) March 10, 1987 July 12, 1989 Fianna Fáil
23.Ray Burke July 12, 1989 February 11, 1992 Fianna Fáil
24.Pádraig Flynn February 11, 1992 January 4, 1993 Fianna Fáil
25.Máire Geoghegan-Quinn' January 4, 1993 December 15, 1994 Fianna Fáil
26.Nora Owen December 15, 1994 June 26, 1997 Fine Gael
27.John O'Donoghue June 26, 1997 July 8, 1997 Fianna Fáil


Ministers for Justice, Equality & Law Reform (1997-present)

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
John O'Donoghue July 8, 1997 June 6, 2002 Fianna Fáil
28.Michael McDowell June 6, 2002 Current Incumbent Progressive Democrats


Footnotes

  1. Austin Stack bore the title of Secretary of State for Home Affairs.

See also

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