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.


Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to the Dáil on the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

I welcome today’s opportunity for statements on mother and baby homes. In line with the motion passed on the 11th June, I wish to update the House on the significant progress which has been achieved in just five weeks in relation to the establishment of a Commission of Investigation into these issues of public concern.

Minister Reilly Announces Important Steps in Establishing an Effective Investigation into the Mother and Baby Home Controversy

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly T.D., today announced that Judge Yvonne Murphy has agreed to Chair the Commission of Investigation into matters related to mother and baby homes.