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.

Statement by the Minister for Justice and Equality on PIRA - new Garda assessment sought

We should not forget the troubled history of this island, the countless lives lost, many at the brutal hands of the Provisional IRA.

Marriage Bill 2015 to be enacted by the end of July - Minister Fitzgerald

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has today announced her intention to have the Marriage Bill 2015 enacted by the end of July.

Crackdown On Crime- Speech by Minister Fitzgerald

If there's one thing Fine Gael has always stood for, it's preserving law and order.

Minister Fitzgerald announces Government approval to publish the Children and Family Relationships Bill

The Bill provides crucial legal support and protection for children in their relationships with those parenting them. This may include married or unmarried parents, a parent’s partner, grandparents or relatives.

Speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, on the Marriage Equality Referendum

I want to thank you all very much for the opportunity to say a few words this evening on the Marriage Equality Referendum proposal which as you will all know will be going through the Dáil and Seanad shortly in the form of a Bill to amend the Constitution and, if passed in the Houses, will be put to the people in May for a Yes or No vote.