Frances Fitzgerald (politician)
|Minister for Children and Youth Affairs|
9 March 2011
|Preceded by||New office|
November 1992 – May 2002
July 2007 – February 2011
1 August 1950 |
Croom, County Limerick, Ireland
|Political party||Fine Gael|
Frances Fitzgerald (born 1 August 1950) is an Irish Fine Gael politician, and is the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. She has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Mid–West constituency since February 2011. She was a member of Seanad Éireann on the Labour Panel from 2007 to 2011, and was previously a TD for the Dublin South–East constituency from 1992 to 2002.
Born in Croom, County Limerick, she was educated at Dominican College Sion Hill school, Blackrock, University College Dublin and London School of Economics. A former social worker, Fitzgerald was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1992 general election and retained her seat at the 1997 general election. She lost her seat at the 2002 general election. She then stood for election to the 22nd Seanad on the Administrative Panel, but was unsuccessful.
Before being elected a TD, she had been a high-profile Chair of the Council for the Status of Women from 1988 to 1992.
She was the Fine Gael candidate at the 2007 general election for the Dublin Mid-West constituency, but she was not elected. She was elected to the Seanad in July 2007. On 12 September 2007, she was appointed leader of the Fine Gael group in Seanad Éireann, and is also Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Health and Children, and a member of the Fine Gael Front Bench.
- Official website
- Frances Fitzgerald's page on the Fine Gael website
- Centre For the Advancement of Women in Politics: Frances Fitzgerald
|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin South–East
|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin Mid–West
|New office||Minister for Children and Youth Affairs