Frances Fitzgerald TD was appointed Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality on 6 May 2016. She previously served as the Minister for Justice and Equality from May 2014. She previously served as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs from March 2011. She represents the constituency of Dublin Mid-West.
As an experienced national politician, Frances has both the knowledge and experience to best represent the people of Dublin Mid-West at national level.
Frances is Chairperson of the Fine Gael National Election Strategy Committee and has previously served as a member of the party’s Executive Council.
As Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances has been actively involved in delivering the Government’s comprehensive programme reform which includes the establishment of an independent Policing Authority; the appointment of the Garda Commissioner by open competition and the enactment of new legislation to reform and strengthen the role, remit and operation of GSOC.
In 2014, Frances oversaw recommencement of Garda recruitment for the first time since 2009 and has increased investment in vehicles for Gardaí.
Frances introduced legislation for the Marriage Equality referendum. On 23rd May, Ireland became the first country in the world to vote in a referendum to introduce an equal right to civil marriage for same-sex couples.
Frances has overseen the enactment of the Children and Family Relationships Act which provides for the most comprehensive reform of family law since the foundation of the State.
As Ireland’s first senior Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, France led a complete reform of child protection and welfare system in Ireland. She oversaw the successful Children’s Referendum in 2012; she established Tusla, a dedicated Child and Family Agency; she oversaw the introduction of Children First Legislation, putting these guidelines on a statutory footing and other major improvement on the promotion, regulation and enforcement of standards in early years and childcare settings.
Frances trained as a social worker and family therapist and worked 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 is married to Michael and has three sons. Frances lists John Hume as her political hero.
News & Statements
Speech by An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD Kennedy Summer School “Ireland and the United States 1916 – 2016: A story of opportunity” 9 September 2016
The relationship between Ireland and the United States during the last 100 years began as a story of patriots taking the opportunity to win the freedom of a nation, supported by their country men and women from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
New year but same old FF who propose to throw money at services with no clarity on how they would pay – Fitzgerald
Looking into 2016, Fianna Fáil propose to spend, spend, spend. Yet they have provided no clarity on how they plan to do this.
Fitzgerald welcomes new Anti-Crime and Burglary response by Gardai
Operation Thor has been in the planning by An Garda Síochána for several months and is being launched following recent announcements regarding investment in policing.