Government of the 27th Dáil
|Government of the 27th Dáil
23rd & 24th Governments of Ireland
|Date formed||12 January 1993 (23rd Government)
15 December 1994 (24th Government)
|Date dissolved||15 December 1994 (23rd Government)
26 June 1997 (24th Government)
|People and organizations|
|Head of government||Albert Reynolds (23rd Government)
John Bruton (24th Government)
|Deputy head of government||Dick Spring (23rd/24th Government)
Bertie Ahern (23rd Government)
|Head of state||Mary Robinson|
|Total number of ministers||16 (1993–94)
|Member party||Democratic Left (1994–97)
Fianna Fáil (1993–94)
Fine Gael (1994–97)
|Status in legislature||Coalition (1993–94)
Rainbow Coalition (1994–97)
|Opposition leader||John Bruton (1993–94) (Fine Gael)
Bertie Ahern (1994–97) (Fianna Fáil)
|Election(s)||1992 general election|
|Legislature term(s)||27th Dáil|
|Previous||Government of the 26th Dáil|
|Successor||Government of the 28th Dáil|
The 27th Dáil was elected at the 1992 general election on 25 November 1992 but did not meet until 4 January 1993, however the 23rd Government of Ireland was not appointed until the 12 January. The 27th Dáil lasted a total of 1,654 days.
23rd Government of Ireland 
The 23rd Government of Ireland (12 January 1993 – 15 December 1994) was formed by the Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party. It was the first time that these two parties were in government together, as traditionally Fine Gael was the coalition partner of the Labour Party.
24th Government of Ireland 
The 24th Government of Ireland (15 December 1994 – 26 June 1997) was formed by Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Democratic Left. Following a number of scandals in 1994, particularly over the beef industry and the alleged mishandling of the prosecution of a clerical paedophile, the Labour Party left the 23rd government and, after negotiations, formed the 24th government (known as the Rainbow Coalition although the term originally referred to a proposed coalition of Fine Gael, the Labour Party and the Progressive Democrats) with Fine Gael and Democratic Left. This was the first time in Irish political history that a party had left a governing coalition and gone into government with opposition parties without first holding a general election.
See also 
- Members of the 27th Dáil
- Ministers of State of the 27th Dáil
- Members of the 20th Seanad
- Dáil Éireann
- Constitution of Ireland
- Politics of the Republic of Ireland
- On 17 November 1994 the Labour Party ministers resigned from the government and their portfolios were reassigned to Fianna Fáil ministers.
- On 21 January 1993 the Department of Agriculture and Food was renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
- On 21 January 1993 the Department of Industry and Commerce was renamed as the Department of Enterprise and Employment.
- On 21 January 1993 the Department of the Gaeltacht was renamed as the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
- On 21 January 1993 the Department of Labour was renamed as the Department of Equality and Law Reform.
- On 22 January 1993 the Department of Energy was renamed as the Department of Tourism and Trade.
- On 22 January 1993 the Department of Tourism, Transport and Communications was renamed as the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications.
- Hugh Coveney was demoted to a junior ministry in 1995 after allegations of improper contact with businessmen.
- Michael Lowry resigned in 1996 following reports of improper payments from businessman Ben Dunne.