Definition of Tánaiste in English:

Tánaiste

noun

  • The deputy prime minister of the Republic of Ireland.

    • ‘Cork County Council yesterday agreed to ask both the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to intervene.’
    • ‘Instead of making a political speech, the Tánaiste will pay tribute to the Pope.’
    • ‘The Tánaiste told the Dáil last week that tribunals had not been established as consultants were not prepared to participate.’
    • ‘Both the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste need to drive their campaigns hard, from the front and with vision.’
    • ‘The Tánaiste and the Taoiseach insisted there was no need for a resignation.’
    • ‘It had six of the fifteen cabinet posts and a special office of the Tánaiste was created, situated in government buildings, with its own staff and budget.’
    • ‘The new measures were being introduced to reflect the prevailing labour market situation, the Tánaiste said.’
    • ‘Two years ago, the Tánaiste said her top political priority was reducing insurance costs.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the Tánaiste has ruled out topping up the fund.’
    • ‘Speaking in Cork the Tánaiste insisted the Government would honour its commitments to victims.’
    • ‘We now have a document signed by every member of the deputation verifying exactly what the Tánaiste said in December 2002.’
    • ‘The Labour Party wants the Tánaiste to publish a Bill immediately to give effect to the commission's recommendations.’
    • ‘The Tánaiste said the legislation would address the issue of charges in public institutions only.’
    • ‘The Tánaiste said that the numerous measures introduced by the Government have led to a better functioning insurance market.’
    • ‘He also wants to establish whether the Tánaiste has the support of her Government colleagues.’
    • ‘Let me say that I could never for a moment imagine the Tánaiste behaving with the rudeness of the aforementioned minister.’
    • ‘Also yesterday, the Tánaiste promised additional resources for the health service, allied to radical reforms.’
    • ‘She will also discuss the matter with the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Finance Minister.’
    • ‘The Tánaiste also said each local authority area should have a dedicated unit to enforce planning laws.’
    • ‘The future of the abortion referendum was in doubt last night as the Tánaiste signalled it would not go ahead without broad support.’

Origin

Irish tánaiste, literally ‘second in excellence’.

Pronunciation

Tánaiste

/ˈtaːnəsʲtʲə//ˈtɔːnɪʃtə/