Tánasite

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The Tánaiste ("taw-nish-teh", plural Tánaistí [taw-nash-tee]) is the title given to the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland. He or she is usually selected by the Taoiseach after a general election and usually holds a simultaneous Cabinet position. In recent years, as coalition governments become the norm in Ireland, the position of Tánasite is occupied by the leader of the second largest party in government, however this is not an obligation, and has not been the case since 2007. The current Tánasite is Mary Coughlan, who also serves as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Ms. Coughlan has served in these positions since May 2008.

The role of the Tánaiste is sometimes called into question, and the level of importance attached to it has been seen to vary depending on the person serving. In recent years, the role of Minister for Finance is seen as a more important stepping stone for aspiring Taoiseach than this office.

Tánaistí of Ireland

Tánasite Years County Party Taoiseach
Kevin O'Higgins 6 Dec 1922 - 10 Jul 1927 Dublin Cumann na nGaedheal William T. Cosgrave
Ernest Blythe 10 Jul 1927 - 9 Mar 1932 Dublin Cumann na nGaedheal William T. Cosgrave
Sean T. O'kelly 9 Mar 1932 - 16 Jun 1945 Dublin Fíanna Fáil Eamon de Valera
Sean Lemass 16 Jun 1945 - 18 Feb 1948 Dublin Fíanna Fáil Eamon de Valera
William Norton 18 Feb 1948 - 13 Jun 1951 Dublin Labour Party John A. Costello
Sean Lemass 13 Jun 1951 - 2 Jun 1954 Dublin Fíanna Fáil Eamon de Valera
William Norton 2 Jun 1954 - 20 Mar 1957 Dublin Labour Party John A. Costello
Sean Lemass 20 Mar 1957 - 23 Jun 1959 Dublin Fianna Fáil Eamon de Valera
Sean McEntee 23 Jun 1959 - 21 Apr 1965 Dublin Fianna Fáil Sean Lemass
Frank Aiken 21 Apr 1965 - 2 Jul 1969 Dublin Fianna Fáil Sean Lemass
Erskine Childers 2 Jul 1969 - 14 Mar 1973 Dublin Fianna Fáil Jack Lynch
Brendan Corish 14 Mar 1973 - 5 Jul 1977 Dublin Labour Party Liam Cosgrave
George Colley 5 Jul 1977 - 20 Jun 1981 Dublin Fianna Fáil Jack Lynch (1977 - 1979); Charles Haughey (1979 - 1981)
Michael O'Leary 20 Jun 1981 - 9 Mar 1982 Dublin Labour Party Garret FitzGerald
Ray McSharry 9 Mar 1982 - 14 Dec 1982 Dublin Fianna Fáil Charles Haughey
Dick Spring 14 Dec 1982 - 20 Jan 1987 Dublin Labour Party Garret FitzGerald
Peter Barry 20 Jan 1987 - 10 Mar 1987 Dublin Fine Gael Garret FitzGerald
Brian Lenihan, Sr. 10 Mar 1987 - 13 Nov 1990 Dublin Fianna Fáil Charles Haughey
John Wilson 13 Nov 1990 - 12 Jan 1993 Dublin Fianna Fáil Charles Haughey (1990 - 1992); Albert Reynolds (1992 - 1993)
Dick Spring 12 Jan 1993 - 17 Nov 1997 Dublin Labour Party Albert Reynolds
Bertie Ahern 19 Nov 1994 - 15 Dec 1994 Dublin Fianna Fáil Albert Reynolds
Dick Spring 15 Dec 1994 - 26 Jun 1997 Dublin Labour Party Albert Reynolds [FF] (1994); John Bruton [FG] (1994 - 1997)
Mary Harney 26 Jun 1997 - 13 Sep 2006 Dublin Progressive Democrats Bertie Ahern
Michael McDowell 13 Sep 2006 - 14 Jun 2007 Dublin Progressive Democrats Bertie Ahern
Brian Cowen 14 Jun 2007 - 7 May 2008 Dublin Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern
Mary Coughlan 7 May 2008 - Donegal Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen
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