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Organisation Information

History of the Department of Transport

Published: 30 July 2019
From: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Introduction

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport was established on 9th March, 2011.

Since its original establishment (as the Department of Transport and Power) in 1959 during the 16th Dail, the Department has undergone a total of 10 name changes.

The table below lists the Ministers, their periods of appointment and the title of the Department at each relevant time.

    Name Date Name of Department at time
    Shane Ross May 2016 - Present Transport, Tourism and Sport
    Paschal Donohoe July 2014-May 2016 Transport, Tourism and Sport
    Leo Varadkar March 2011-July 2014 Transport, Tourism and Sport
    Noel Dempsey June 2007 – January 2011 Transport
    Martin Cullen September 2004-June 2007 Transport
    Seamus Brennan June 2002 – September 2004 Transport
    Mary O’Rourke June 1997-June 2002 Public Enterprise
    Alan Dukes December 1996-June 1997 Transport, Energy and Communications
    John Bruton November 1996-December 1996 Transport, Energy and Communications
    Michael Lowry December 1994-November 1996 Transport, Energy and Communications
    Brian Cowen January 1993-December 1994 Transport, Energy and Communications
    Charlie McCreevey January 1993 Tourism, Transport and Communications
    Maire Geoghegan-Quinn February 1992-January 1993 Tourism, Transport and Communications
    Seamus Brennan February 1991-February 1992 Tourism, Transport and Communications
    Seamus Brennan July 1989-February 1991 Tourism and Transport
    John Wilson March 1987-July 1989 Tourism and Transport
    John Wilson January 1984-March 1987 Communications
    Jim Mitchel l December 1982-December 1983 Transport, Posts and Telegraphs
    John Wilson March 1982-December 1982 Transport, Posts and Telegraphs
    Patrick Cooney June 1981-March 1982 Transport, Posts and Telegraphs
    Albert Reynolds January 1980-June 1981 Transport
    George Colley December 1979-January 1980 Tourism and Transport
    George Colley September 1977-December 1979 Tourism and Transport
    Padraig Faulkner July 1977-September 1977 Tourism and Transport
    Tom Fitzpatrick December 1976-July 1977 Transport and Power
    Peter Barry March 1973-December 1976 Transport and Power
    Michael O’Kennedy January 1973-March 1973 Transport and Power
    Brian Lenihan July 1969-January 1973 Transport and Power
    Erskine Childers July 1959-July 1969 Transport and Power