James Reilly TDMinister for Children and Youth Affairs

Dr James Reilly TD is Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Deputy Leader of Fine Gael. He was appointed Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on July 11, 2014. He was Minister for Health from March 9, 2011 to July 11, 2014. 

James Reilly was first elected to Dáil Éireann for Dublin North in 2007.

He was appointed Party Spokesperson on Health in 2007 and Deputy Leader in July 2010.

He was president of the Irish Medical Organisation prior to his election.

He has worked as a G.P in the North County Dublin area for the past 25 years, with surgeries formerly in Lusk and in Donabate. In accordance with Standards in Public Office Regulations (SIPO), Minister Reilly no longer practices as a Medical Doctor in the Lusk Practice and the Interest/Management of that practice has transferred to another local Doctor from North Dublin.

He served on the former Eastern Health Board, the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the Northern Area Health Board.


Young people to celebrate 25 years of children’s rights and vote on having a stronger voice in decision-making

500 young people, aged 12 -17, from Comhairle na nÓg all over Ireland today celebrated the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in the company of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, and Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The event also showcased the work of the 34 Comhairle na nÓg.

Teenager’s views sought on the ideal qualities for the Ombudsman for Children

Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today opened a consultation with young people (aged 13-17) seeking their views on theperson specification for the recruitment of the Ombudsman for Children.

Speech by Dr James Reily T.D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs - Dáil Eireann 15th October 2014

Deputies, it is clear that this Government’s plan for economic recovery is working, and the economy is moving in the right direction. The core aim of this year’s budget is to secure and solidify that recovery. However, we are aware that the economic recovery remains fragile. This Government’s determination to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated has meant that some difficult choices have had to be made in framing this budget.