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The 1992 general election was held on 25 November 1992. The 23rd
Government of Ireland The Government of Ireland ( ga, Rialtas na hÉireann) is the cabinet (government), cabinet that exercises executive (government), executive authority in Republic of Ireland, Ireland. The Constitution of Ireland vests executive authority in a gove ...
, the first government of the 27th Dáil, was a
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of
Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil (, ; meaning 'Soldiers of Destiny' or 'Warriors of Fál'), officially Fianna Fáil – The Republican Party ( ga, audio=ga-Fianna Fáil.ogg, Fianna Fáil – An Páirtí Poblachtánach), is a conservative Conser ...
(with leader
Albert Reynolds Albert Reynolds (3 November 1932 – 21 August 2014) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Taoiseach from 1992 to 1994, Leader of Fianna Fáil from 1992 to 1994, Minister for Finance (Ireland), Minister for Finance from 1988 to 1991 ...
as
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) and the
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(with leader
Dick Spring Dick Spring (born 29 August 1950) is an Irish businessman and former politician. He was a Labour Party (Ireland), Labour Party Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kerry North (Dáil constituency), Kerry North from 1981 to 2002. He became leader of the L ...
as
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). It was the first time that these two parties were in government together; on each previous occasion Labour was in government, it was a junior coalition party with
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. The 27th Dáil lasted until 1997, but its first government fell in 1994 after the breakdown of relations between the two parties. It was succeeded by the 24th Government, a coalition of Labour with Fine Gael under
John Bruton John Gerard Bruton (born 18 May 1947) is an Irish former Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997, Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004 to 2 ...

John Bruton
and Democratic Left under
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Proinsias De Rossa
, with Spring serving again as Tánaiste under Bruton as Taoiseach. This was the only time a new government with a different party composition was formed within a single Dáil term.


Nomination of Taoiseach

The members of the 27th Dáil first met on 14 December 1992. In the debate on the nomination of Taoiseach, Fianna Fáil leader and outgoing Taoiseach
Albert Reynolds Albert Reynolds (3 November 1932 – 21 August 2014) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Taoiseach from 1992 to 1994, Leader of Fianna Fáil from 1992 to 1994, Minister for Finance (Ireland), Minister for Finance from 1988 to 1991 ...
, Fine Gael leader
John Bruton John Gerard Bruton (born 18 May 1947) is an Irish former Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997, Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004 to 2 ...

John Bruton
and Labour Party leader
Dick Spring Dick Spring (born 29 August 1950) is an Irish businessman and former politician. He was a Labour Party (Ireland), Labour Party Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kerry North (Dáil constituency), Kerry North from 1981 to 2002. He became leader of the L ...
were each proposed. None of these proposals were passed by the Dáil: Reynolds received 68 votes in favour with 94 against, Bruton received 55 in favour to 107 against, and Spring received 39 in favour to 122 against. Reynolds resigned as Taoiseach and continued in a caretaker capacity. On 12 January 1993, Albert Reynolds and John Bruton were again proposed for the nomination of the Dáil for the position of Taoiseach, and on this occasion, the nomination of Reynolds was successful by 102 votes to 60. Reynolds was then appointed as Taoiseach by
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.


Members of the Government

After his appointment as Taoiseach by the president, Albert Reynolds proposed the members of the government and they were approved by the Dáil. They were appointed by the president on the same day. ;Notes:


Attorney General

On 12 January 1993 Harry Whelehan SC was appointed by the president as
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on the nomination of the Taoiseach. He resigned as Attorney General on 11 November 1994 on his nomination as President of the
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(a position he would serve in for only two days). On 11 November 1994, Eoghan Fitzsimons SC was appointed by the president as Attorney General on the nomination of the Taoiseach.


Ministers of State

On 12 January 1993, the Government on the nomination of the Taoiseach appointed Noel Dempsey to the post of Minister for State at the Department of the Taoiseach with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip. On 14 January 1993, the Government on the nomination of the Taoiseach appointed the other
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.


References

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