Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Ireland)


Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Ireland)

The Minister for Social and Family Affairs ( _ga. Aire Gnothaí Sóisialacha agus Teaghlaigh) is the senior minister at the Department of Social and Family Affairs in the Government of Ireland.

The current Minister for Social and Family Affairs is Mary Hanafin, TD. She is assisted by:
* Máire Hoctor, TD – Minister of State for Older People.

Overview

The Department was formed in 1947 as the Department of Social Welfare. Its present title dates from 6 June 2002. The Department formulates appropriate social protection policies and administers and manages the delivery of statutory and non-statutory schemes and services. It is also responsible for the delivery of a range of social insurance and social assistance schemes including provision for unemployment, illness, maternity, caring, widowhood, retirement and old age. Payments are made to nearly 950,000 people each week with over 1.5 million people directly benefiting from those payments. The budget spend in 2002 was €9.52 billion.

List of office-holders

An asterisk (*) indicates those ministers who held the Health and Social Welfare portfolios simultaneously.

ee also

*Irish cabinets since 1919
*Personal Public Service Number

External links

* [http://www.welfare.ie/ Department of Social and Family Affairs]
* [http://www.welfare.ie/publications/annreps/06/index.html Department of Social and Family Affairs Annual Report 2006]


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