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Government of the 12th Dáil

Government of the 12th Dáil
4th Government of Ireland
Éamon de Valera 03.jpg
Date formed9 June 1944
Date dissolved18 February 1948
People and organisations
Head of stateDouglas Hyde (1944–45)
Seán T. O'Kelly (1945–48)
Head of governmentÉamon de Valera
Deputy head of governmentSeán T. O'Kelly (1944–45)
Seán Lemass (1945–48)
Total no. of ministers12 (1944–47)
14 (1947–48)
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMajority Government
Opposition leaderRichard Mulcahy (Fine Gael)
Election(s)1944 general election
Legislature term(s)12th Dáil
Predecessor3rd Government
Successor5th Government

The 12th Dáil was elected at the 1944 general election on 30 May 1944 and first met on 9 June when the 4th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 12th Dáil lasted for 1,345 days.

4th Government of Ireland

The 4th Government of Ireland (9 June 1944 – 18 February 1948) was formed by the Fianna Fáil party.[1]

Office Name
Taoiseach Éamon de Valera
Minister for External Affairs
Tánaiste Seán T. O'Kelly[2]
Minister for Finance
Minister for Agriculture James Ryan
Minister for the Co-ordination of Defensive Measures Frank Aiken
Minister for Defence Oscar Traynor
Minister for Education Thomas Derrig
Minister for Industry and Commerce Seán Lemass
Minister for Supplies
Minister for Justice Gerald Boland
Minister for Lands Seán Moylan
Minister for Local Government and Public Health Seán MacEntee
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Patrick Little

Changes 19 June 1945

Office Name
Tánaiste[2] Seán Lemass
Minister for Finance[2] Frank Aiken

Changes 22 January 1947

Office Name
Minister for Agriculture Paddy Smith
Minister for Health[3] James Ryan
Minister for Social Welfare[3]
Minister for Local Government[3] Seán MacEntee

See also


  1. ^ "History of Government – Twelfth Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Seán T. O'Kelly left the cabinet in 1945 when he was elected 2nd President of Ireland.
  3. ^ a b c The Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare were created in January 1947.