List of Irish Foreign Ministers
The following people have served as the Irish Minister for External Affairs
(renamed in 1972 Minister for Foreign Affairs
) from 1933.
Note: In a multi-party coalition, the party to which he minister belonged is bold italicised.
- Eamon de Valera 1933-1948 (d.1975) Fianna Fáil1
- Sean MacBride 1948-1951 (d.1988) 1st Inter-Party Government (Fine Gael, Labour, National Labour, Clann na Poblachta, Clann na Talmhan, independents)
- Frank Aiken 1951-1954 (d.1983) Fianna Fáil
- Liam Cosgrave 1954-1957 2nd Inter-Party Government (Fine Gael, Labour)
- Frank Aiken 1957-1969 (d.1983) Fianna Fáil
- Patrick Hillery 1969-1972 Fianna Fáil
- Brian Lenihan 1972-1973 (d.1995) Fianna Fáil
- Garret FitzGerald 1973-1977 National Coalition (Fine Gael, Labour)
- Michael O'Kennedy 1977-1979 Fianna Fáil
- Brian Lenihan 1979-1981 (d.1995) Fianna Fáil
- John M. Kelly 1981 (acting)2 (Fine Gael, Labour)
- Senator James Dooge 1981-1982 (Fine Gael, Labour)
- Gerard Collins 1982 Fianna Fáil
- Peter Barry 1982-1987 (Fine Gael, Labour)
- Peter Barry 1987 3 Fine Gael
- Brian Lenihan 1987-1989 (d.1995) Fianna Fáil
- Gerard Collins 1989-1992 Fianna Fáil, Progressive Democrats
- David Andrews 1992-1993 Fianna Fáil
- Dick Spring 1993-1994 Fianna Fáil, Labour
- Dick Spring 1994-1997 Rainbow Coalition (Fine Gael, Labour, Democratic Left)''
- Ray Burke 1997 Fianna Fáil, Progressive Democrats
- David Andrews 1997-2000 Fianna Fáil Progressive Democrats
- Brian Cowen 2000- Fianna Fáil Progressive Democrats
1 Eamon de Valera, who was head of government (President of the Executive Council until 1937, renamed Taoiseach in 1937) served as his own foreign minister.
2 When Garret FitzGerald formed a government in mid 1981 he announced that he would be appointing James Dooge to be a senator and once in office would make him minister. However as the appointment could not be made until Seanad Éireann's general election had taken place (which would be a few weeks), in the interim the Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism, John M. Kelly, would act as minister.
3 When Labour withdrew from cabinet in early 1987, a new interim cabinet, made up simply of the outgoing Fine Gael ministers, was formed. Peter Barry continued on as Foreign Minister in that shortlived Fine Gael cabinet.