Josepha Madigan, TD
Josepha Madigan was appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion on July 2nd, 2020. She previously served as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on 30 November, 2017, and served until 27 June, 2020.
Following her election to the Dáil for the first time in 2016, Josepha was appointed to the Fine Gael Government Formation negotiation team by former-Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Prior to her appointment as Minister, Josepha served on the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, the Future of Healthcare Committee, and was the Chairperson of the Budgetary Oversight Committee.
She was a Fine Gael Councillor for the Stillorgan Ward on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, from May 2014 until her election as a T.D.
Josepha practiced as a solicitor for twenty years. She won Family Lawyer of the year at the Irish Law Awards 2014.
Josepha is also an author of a handbook for family lawyers and their clients entitled “Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Ireland” (Jordan Publishing, 2012).
She studied at Mount Anville School, Trinity College Dublin and Blackhall Place.
Josepha has lived in the Stillorgan Ward all her life. Married with two children, her family has deep roots in the community.
Josepha is a strong advocate of responsible governance and prudent spending. Josepha believes in a society that is progressive and creative but also in a government that is careful with tax-payers money and focused on building sound economic policies that make work pay.
Josepha would like to see extended support for the self- employed and working parents with childcare costs. Some of her other priorities include:
- Reform of the Local Property Tax
- Increased access to childcare
- Reducing the wait period before couples can apply for a divorce
- Reducing crime and building a secure society
News & Statements
Expansion of free book scheme to over 130 special schools a further commitment to supporting most vulnerable school children - Madigan
The provision of free schoolbooks to special schools will help families with the rising cost of living and will ultimately better resource schools to provide children with the educational supports that they deserve, a Fine Gael Minister has said.22nd March 2023
Increased Garda patrols and expanded CCTV monitoring needed at Luas stops – Madigan
Increased Garda patrols and expanded CCTV monitoring are needed at Luas stops throughout Dublin, according to a Fine Gael Minister of State.15th January 2023
Public awareness campaign on drink and needle related spiking needed in light of 147 incidents in last two years – Madigan
A public awareness campaign on spiking is needed in light of 147 reported incidents of drink and needle related spiking since January 2021, a Fine Gael Minister has said.17th November 2022
New Funding Model is massive step in right direction to ease childcare costs for parents
The Government’s ‘Together for Better’ funding model for Childcare which includes a new Core Funding element will begin to ease the burden of childcare costs for parents, a Fine Gael Minister has said.15th September 2022
Electronic tagging of sex offenders should be introduced as soon as possible via pilot scheme – Madigan
Electronic tagging of sex offenders should be introduced as soon as possible through the establishment of a pilot scheme, a Fine Gael Minister has said.17th November 2021
New chapter for gender equality in Ireland begins today – Madigan
Minister for Special Education, Josepha Madigan, has welcomed today’s establishment of a Special Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality, which has been set up to examine the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality.9th November 2021
Opportunity for young people to apply for one of 60,000 free EU rail travel passes - Madigan
Young Irish citizens should apply to the European Commission’s DiscoverEU Initiative, which will supply tens of thousands of young Europeans with free rail travel passes around the European Union next year, Minister for Special Education & Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD has said.12th October 2021
Actions to tackle anti-social behaviour in Dublin and improve community safety welcome - Madigan
Minister for Special Education & Inclusion, Josepha Madigan, is supporting urgent implementation of tougher measures to tackle anti-social behaviour across Dublin City & County, to improve Garda visibility, and to uphold law, order and public safety.25th August 2021
West can still take action to help refugees and defend women’s rights in Afghanistan – Madigan
The current crisis in Kabul requires Western countries, who made up the international coalition in Afghanistan, to do everything still in their power to help the long-suffering Afghan people, and make development funding conditional on the protection of human rights, a Fine Gael Minister has said.20th August 2021
New Dedicated Family Court will bring about seismic reforms within our justice system - Madigan
Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan, has reiterated her call for the Government to prioritise its Programme for Government commitment of drafting a new Family Courts Bill. This landmark piece of legislation will greatly modernise the family justice system and bring about a speedier resolution to many families who remain trapped in a backlog of lengthly and delayed court proceedings.18th July 2021
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