Tánaiste and Minister for Employment and Innovation |
Frances Fitzgerald serves as An Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and she has also been appointed Minister for Enterprise and Innovation since 14th June 2017. Her priorities include driving employment growth and investment in Ireland, especially outside the greater Dublin area, expanding our enterprise agencies presence abroad and ensuring Ireland is business ready for Brexit.
She is a TD for the constituency of Dublin Mid-West, a former social worker and a parliamentarian for over 20 years.
Frances entered politics as a campaigner on social issues immediately after her tenure as chairperson of the National Women’s Council.
She was appointed Minister for Justice and Equality in 2014 and in that portfolio led a programme of reform and prioritised progressive legislation.
Introducing legislation for the Marriage Equality referendum ranks as one of the proudest moments in Frances political career.
She was Ireland’s first senior Minister for Children and Youth Affairs serving from 2011-2014.
Between 2007 and 2011 Frances served as Leader of the Opposition in the Irish Senate, having previously served as TD for ten years before that.
In opposition she served in six different portfolios including Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Defence, Social Community & Family Affairs, Equality & Family Affairs, and Social Welfare. She served as Spokesperson on Health and Children while in the Senate.
Frances holds a B.Soc.Science in UCD and an MSc. in Social Administration and Social Work in the London School of Economics.
She is married to Michael and has three sons.