Frances Fitzgerald TDMinister for Justice and Equality

Frances Fitzgerald TD is the Minister for Justice and Equality and was appointed to this role on May 8th 2014. She previously served as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs from March 9, 2011. She represents the constituency of Dublin Mid-West.

Frances is a former Leader of Fine Gael in Seanad Éireann and has held a number of Senior Party and Oireachtas positions.

As an experienced national politician, Frances has both the knowledge and experience to best represent the people of Dublin Mid-West at national level.

Political Record:

- Leader of Fine Gael in Seanad Éireann from September 2007, February 2011. - Member of Dáil Éireann (1992-2002, 2011-) - Fine Gael Front Bench Spokesperson on Equality, Opportunity and Family Affairs (2001-2002) - Fine Gael Front Bench Spokesperson on Social, Community and Family Affairs (1999-2001) - Former Fine Gael Spokesperson on Defence and on Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht. - Former Member of Dublin City Council - Former Member of the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution, the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Family, Community and Social Affairs. - Led the first All-Party visit to the Lebanon. - Represented Fine Gael on the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and the Western European Union Body. - Served as Vice President of the Irish Council of the European Movement. Former Chairperson of the National Women's Council and a member of the Second Commission on the Status of Women.

Frances is married to Michael, a child psychiatrist, and they have three sons. She worked as a social worker in inner-city London and Dublin for 20 years. Frances was motivated to go into politics chairing the National Women's Council and the Women's Political Association. Frances lists John Hume as her political hero. She also admires Hilary Clinton for her tenacity, political determination and success. Frances believes the recent civil partnership legislation was yet another milestone for this country. Her biggest hope for the future is to see an end to emigration.


100 new Garda recruits enter Templemore in first intake since 2009 - Minister for Justice promises seamless ongoing recruitment

In the first intake to the Garda College in Templemore, 100 new recruits entered training today, Monday 15th September. Speaking at the induction, Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice & Equality, said that this marked a positive step forward for policing in Ireland and promised seamless ongoing recruitment after a period of financial constraint.

Minister Fitzgerald releases 2013 Report of Irish Central Authority for International Child Abduction

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, has today released the 2013 figures on applications dealt with in her Department in its role as the Central Authority for International Child Abduction.

Minister Fitzgerald publishes Inspector of Prisons Report titled ‘An Overview of Mountjoy Prison Campus with particular emphasis on the Separation Unit’

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald TD, today published a report by the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, entitled ‘An Overview of Mountjoy Prison Campus with particular emphasis on the Separation Unit’ which was presented to the Minister on 23rd July, 2014.

Speech delivered by Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., at a one day conference marking the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes in Riga, Latvia

We can never allow ourselves to forget the horrors of this period in European history. We can only have confidence that these horrors will not be repeated when we face the past honesty and with rigour and when there is accountability within all societies for the crimes of the past.

Minister Fitzgerald publishes the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2014

The Bill will transpose into Irish law an EU Council Framework Decision on combating terrorism. In particular, the Bill, when enacted will amend the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 to create the three new offences