The first Dáil Cabinet, elected on 22 January 1919, did not include a Minister for Local Government.
The first Minister (Secretary was the original term) for Local Government, William Cosgrave, was appointed when Eamon de Valera returned from prison and created a new Dáil Ministry, on 2 April 1919. Cosgrave was one of the old guard in Sinn Féin. He was one of the few councillors elected (in his case to Dublin Corporation) under the party banner continuously from 1909 onwards. Notwithstanding this experience, his tenure was not an entirely happy one.