Taoiseach - List of Office Holders - Taoiseach

Taoiseach

No. Name
Portrait Term of office Elected
Govt. Party of Taoiseach
Last office(s) held before election 2. Éamon de Valera
29 December 1937 18 February 1948 — 1st Fianna Fáil President of the Executive Council (1932–1937) 1938 (10th) 2nd 1943 (11th) 3rd 1944 (12th) 4th 3. John A. Costello
18 February 1948 13 June 1951 1948 (13th) 5th Fine Gael
Attorney General of Ireland (1926–1932) Éamon de Valera
13 June 1951 2 June 1954 1951 (14th) 6th Fianna Fáil Leader of the Opposition (1948–1951) John A. Costello
2 June 1954 20 March 1957 1954 (15th) 7th Fine Gael
Leader of the Opposition (1951–1954) Éamon de Valera
20 March 1957 23 June 1959 1957 (16th) 8th Fianna Fáil Leader of the Opposition (1954–1957) 4. Seán Lemass
23 June 1959 10 November 1966 9th Fianna Fáil Tánaiste (1957–1959)
Minister for Industry and Commerce (1957–1959) 1961 (17th) 10th 1965 (18th) 11th 5. Jack Lynch
10 November 1966 14 March 1973 12th Fianna Fáil Minister for Finance (1965–1966) 1969 (19th) 13th 6. Liam Cosgrave
14 March 1973 5 July 1977 1973 (20th) 14th Fine Gael
Leader of the Opposition (1965–1973) Jack Lynch
5 July 1977 11 December 1979 1977 (21st) 15th Fianna Fáil Leader of the Opposition (1973–1977) 7. Charles Haughey
11 December 1979 30 June 1981 16th Fianna Fáil Minister for Social Welfare (1977–1979)
Minister for Health (1977–1979) 8. Garret FitzGerald
30 June 1981 9 March 1982 1981 (22nd) 17th Fine Gael
Leader of the Opposition (1977–1981) Charles Haughey
9 March 1982 14 December 1982 1982 (23rd) 18th Fianna Fáil Leader of the Opposition (1981–1982) Garret FitzGerald
14 December 1982 10 March 1987 1982 (24th) 19th Fine Gael
Leader of the Opposition (1982) Charles Haughey
10 March 1987 11 February 1992 1987 (25th) 20th Fianna Fáil Leader of the Opposition (1982–1987) 1989 (26th) 21st Fianna Fáil
9. Albert Reynolds
11 February 1992 15 December 1994 22nd Fianna Fáil
Minister for Finance (1988–1991) 1992 (27th) 23rd Fianna Fáil
10. John Bruton
15 December 1994 26 June 1997 24th Fine Gael
Leader of the Opposition (1990–1994) 11. Bertie Ahern
26 June 1997 7 May 2008 1997 (28th) 25th Fianna Fáil
Leader of the Opposition (1994–1997) 2002 (29th) 26th 2007 (30th) 27th 12. Brian Cowen
7 May 2008 9 March 2011 28th Fianna Fáil
Tánaiste (2007–2008)
Minister for Finance (2004–2008) 13. Enda Kenny
9 March 2011 Incumbent 2011 (31st) 29th Fine Gael
Leader of the Opposition (2002–2011)

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