Minister_for_Posts_and_Telegraphs_(Ireland)

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Ireland)

The Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Irish: Aire Puist agus Telegrafa; sometimes called the P⁊T) was a senior post in the government of the Irish Free State and the Republic of Ireland from 1924 to 1984, when the post and the department was abolished.

The office of Minister for Post and Telegraphs was created in the Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924, which reorganized the Irish system of government. It assumed the role formerly exercised by the Postmaster-General in the administration of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

The Ministers and Secretaries Act, Section (1), Part (ix) defines the department's role:

The Minister for Posts and Telegraphs was responsible for Ireland's postal and telecommunications services from 1924 to 1984. At its height time the department was one of the largest civil service departments in Ireland. The reform of the sector and department began in 1978 with the creation of the Posts and Telegraphs Review Group. This led after a report was delivered in 1979, to the creation of the ad-hoc Interim Board for Posts (An Bord Poist), chaired by Feargal Quinn, and the Interim Board for Telecommunications (An Bord Telecom), chaired by Michael Smurfit. These two boards continued to sit until An Post and Telecom Éireann, respectively, replaced them. These state-sponsored bodies were created in 1984.

The Minister of Posts and Telegraphs ceased to exist at that time, and its powers and responsibilities were transferred to the newly-created office of Minister for Communications; this was one of the largest reorganisations of the civil service in modern times. As a result, the number of civil service employees nearly halved overnight because of the transfer of personnel.

List of office-holders

Minister for the Post Office 1922–1924

# Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. James J. Walsh 1 April 1922 2 June 1924 Cumann na nGaedhael

Minister for Posts & Telegraphs 1924–1984

# Name Entered Office Left Office Party
James J. Walsh 2 June 1924 12 October 1927 Cumann na nGaedhael
2. Ernest Blythe 12 October 1927 9 March 1932 Cumann na nGaedhael
3. Joseph Connolly 9 March 1932 8 February 1933 Fianna Fáil
4. Gerald Boland 8 February 1933 11 November 1936 Fianna Fáil
5. Oscar Traynor 11 November 1936 8 September 1939 Fianna Fáil
6. Tomás Ó Deirg 8 September 1939 27 September 1939 Fianna Fáil
7. Patrick Little 27 September 1939 18 February 1948 Fianna Fáil
8. James Everett 18 February 1948 13 June 1951 National Labour Party
9. Erskine H. Childers (1st time) 13 June 1951 2 June 1954 Fianna Fáil
10. Michael Keyes 2 June 1954 20 March 1957 Labour Party
11. Neil Blaney 20 March 1957 4 December 1957 Fianna Fáil
12. John Ormonde 4 December 1957 23 June 1959 Fianna Fáil
13. Michael Hilliard 23 June 1959 21 April 1965 Fianna Fáil
14. Joseph Brennan 21 April 1965 10 November 1966 Fianna Fáil
Erskine H. Childers (2nd time) 10 November 1966 2 July 1969 Fianna Fáil
15. Patrick Lalor 2 July 1969 9 May 1970 Fianna Fáil
16. Gerard Collins 9 May 1970 14 March 1973 Fianna Fáil
17. Conor Cruise O'Brien 14 March 1973 5 July 1977 Labour Party
18. Pádraig Faulkner 5 July 1977 11 December 1979 Fianna Fáil
19. Albert Reynolds 12 December 1979 30 June 1981 Fianna Fáil
20. Patrick Cooney 30 June 1981 9 March 1982 Fine Gael
21. John Wilson 9 March 1982 14 December 1982 Fianna Fáil
22. Jim Mitchell 14 December 1982 2 January 1984 Fine Gael

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