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.

Government announces wording for Marriage Equality referendum

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, has today announced the wording agreed by the Government for the constitutional amendment on Marriage Equality.

Minister Fitzgerald welcomes Government approval for Marriage Equality Referendum in May

Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, today welcomed the Government’s approval of her proposals to hold a referendum on Marriage Equality in May.

Appointments to the Court of Appeal

At its meeting today, the Government nominated a judge of the High Court as President of the Court of Appeal, as well as, seven judges of the High Court and one judge of the Circuit Court as ordinary judges of the Court of Appeal as follows:

Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomes the establishment of the Court of Appeal

Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Justice and Equality today welcomed the establishment of a new Court of Appeal which creates a dedicated appeal court which will greatly enhance the administration of justice and improve waiting times in hearing appeals.

Statements on Budget 2015 Speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD

It is fair in that lifts 80,000 low paid people out of the tax net; and it provides for thousands of much-needed social housing units to be built over coming years.