Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Irish: An tAire Iompair, Turasóireachta agus Spóirt) is the senior minister at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Government of Ireland.

The current Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport is Shane Ross, TD. He is assisted by:

Minister for
Transport, Tourism and Sport
Irish Government Logo
Shane Ross (official portrait)
Incumbent
Shane Ross

since 6 May 2016
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Member of
Reports toTaoiseach
SeatDublin, Ireland
AppointerPresident of Ireland on the nomination of the Taoiseach
Inaugural holderErskine Childers as Minister for Transport and Power in 1959
Richie Ryan as Minister for the Public Service in 1973
Formation1 November 1973
Websitedttas.ie

Overview

The Minister and the Department are responsible for implementing an integrated transport policy. The integrated policy will be designed as far as possible to overcome existing delays, bottlenecks and congestion and to provide the consumer with greater choice by offering alternative modes of transport. Through the integrated approach the Department will develop and implement policies designed to improve regional balance, and reduce rural isolation and social exclusion.

Specific responsibilities which come under the aegis of the Minister for Transport in relation to national roads and to road transport in general include: delivering on the national roads programme as part of the national development plan; implementing the Government's roads safety strategy and related policies for the regulation of vehicle standards; road haulage licensing; driver licensing; and driver testing.

In respect of aviation policy, the Department is responsible for ensuring that aviation practices and procedures comply with best international standards; promoting the development of a vibrant, competitive and progressively regulated aviation sector and the provision of adequate airport infrastructure and competitive airport services.

In respect of Maritime Transport, the Department is responsible for establishing, promoting, regulating and enforcing Maritime Safety and Security Standards, providing emergency response services and safeguarding the Maritime Environment. It is also responsible for ports and shipping policy.

The Department of Transport and Power was created by the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1959. On 2 January 1984, the Department of Transport was abolished under the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1983. In 1987, the functions of the Department of Public Service were transferred to the Department of Finance, and the statutory shell used for the re-creation of the Department of Transport. The subsequent changes to the department name and functions are shown in detail at the departmental page.

List of office-holders

Minister for Transport and Power 1959–1977

No. Name Term of office Party
1. Erskine H. Childers 27 July 1959 2 July 1969 Fianna Fáil
2. Brian Lenihan 2 July 1969 3 January 1973 Fianna Fáil
3. Michael O'Kennedy 3 January 1973 14 March 1973 Fianna Fáil
4. Peter Barry 14 March 1973 2 December 1976 Fine Gael
5. Tom Fitzpatrick 2 December 1976 5 July 1977 Fine Gael
6. Pádraig Faulkner 5 July 1977 12 July 1977 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Tourism and Transport 1977–1980

No. Name Term of office Party
Pádraig Faulkner 12 July 1977 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil
7. George Colley 12 December 1979 25 January 1980 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Transport 1980–1984

No. Name Term of office Party
8. Albert Reynolds[n 1] 25 January 1980 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
9. Patrick Cooney[n 1] 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Fine Gael
10. John Wilson[n 1] (1st time) 9 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
11. Jim Mitchell[n 1] 14 December 1982 2 January 1984 Fine Gael

The position of Minister for the Public Service had been created by the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1973 and would eventually become the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Minister for the Public Service 1973–1987

No. Name Term of office Party
1. Richie Ryan[n 2] 1 November 1973 5 July 1977 Fine Gael
2. George Colley[n 2] 5 July 1977 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil
3. Michael O'Kennedy[n 2] 12 December 1979 24 March 1980 Fianna Fáil
4. Gene Fitzgerald[n 2] (1st time) 24 March 1980 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
5. Liam Kavanagh[n 3] 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Labour Party
Gene Fitzgerald[n 3] (2nd time) 9 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
6. John Boland 14 December 1982 14 February 1986 Fine Gael
7. Ruairi Quinn[n 3] 14 February 1986 20 January 1987 Labour Party
8. John Bruton[n 2] 20 January 1987 10 March 1987 Fine Gael
9. Ray MacSharry[n 2] 10 March 1987 20 March 1987 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Tourism and Transport 1987–1991

No. Name Term of office Party
Ray MacSharry 20 March 1987 31 March 1987 Fianna Fáil
John Wilson (2nd time) 31 March 1987 12 July 1989 Fianna Fáil
10. Séamus Brennan (1st time) 12 July 1989 7 February 1991 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communication 1991–1993

No. Name Term of office Party
Séamus Brennan 7 February 1991 11 February 1992 Fianna Fáil
11. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 11 February 1992 12 January 1993 Fianna Fáil
12. Charlie McCreevy 12 January 1993 22 January 1993 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Transport, Energy and Communication 1993–1997

No. Name Term of office Party
13. Brian Cowen 22 January 1993 15 December 1994 Fianna Fáil
14. Michael Lowry 15 December 1994 30 November 1996 Fine Gael
15. John Bruton (acting) 30 November 1996 3 December 1996 Fine Gael
16. Alan Dukes 3 December 1996 26 June 1997 Fine Gael
17. Mary O'Rourke 26 June 1997 12 July 1997 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Public Enterprise 1997–2002

No. Name Term of office Party
Mary O'Rourke 12 July 1997 6 June 2002 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Transport 2002–2011

No. Name Term of office Party
Séamus Brennan (2nd time) 6 June 2002 29 September 2004 Fianna Fáil
18. Martin Cullen 29 September 2004 14 June 2007 Fianna Fáil
19. Noel Dempsey 14 June 2007 19 January 2011 Fianna Fáil
20. Pat Carey 20 January 2011 8 March 2011 Fianna Fáil

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 2011–present

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
21. Leo Varadkar 9 March 2011 11 July 2014 Fine Gael
22. Paschal Donohoe 11 July 2014 6 May 2016 Fine Gael
23. Shane Ross 6 May 2016 Incumbent Independent
  1. ^ a b c d Also Minister for Posts and Telegraphs.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Also Minister for Finance.
  3. ^ a b c Also Minister for Labour.

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Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Iran)

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Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (South Korea)

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Ministry of Youth and Sports (Serbia)

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Ministry of Social Affairs & Sports (Tanzania)

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Minister for Sport and Tourism, United Kingdom

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