Frances Fitzgerald, 2019.
Frances Fitzgerald Collection




‘There is nothing I ever wanted to do that I haven’t done’
Frances Fitzgerald speaking to Úna Claffey, for her Women who Won, 1992.

Frances Fitzgerald being presented with her seal of office by President Michael D Higgins. 2017.
30th Government of Ireland, 2016-2017
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31st Government of Ireland, 2017-2018
Maxwell Photography

Political Career timeline:

  • Frances became Vice-Chair and Public Relations Officer Women’s Political Association before becoming Chair, 1987-1989
Women's Political Association Magazine.
Irish History Labour Society
  • In 1988 Frances became Chairwoman of the Council for the Status of Women a position she held until 1992
Frances Fitzgerald and Betty Friedan (author of Feminine Mystique, credited with the starting the second wave of feminism) who visited Ireland on International Women’s Day.
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  • Board member, Dublin Institute of Adult Education,1987
  • Board member of the Employment Equality Agency, 1987-1991
  • Irish Representative to European Women's Lobby, 1988-1992 (Vice-president, 1992)
  • Chair, Council for the Status of Women, 1988-92
  • Member, Second Commission on the Status of Women, 1990-93
  • Vice President, Irish Council of the European Movement, 1991-93
  • Executive Committee member. Institute of European Affairs, 1993
  • Vice-Chair of the Europe Donna which campaigns for better breast cancer services
Breast Cancer Literature- Frances Fitzgerald Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equlity.
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  • A member of National Childbirth Trust,
  • Amnesty International and a founder member of the Women’s Environmental Network
  • Winner of Women of Europe Award- New text comment in word document.
  • She became well known in the media as well as contributing articles on politics in the broadsheet
The Irish Times, 15 June 1992 'Women need direct influence of Europe to bring benefits'.
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  • She was also Vice President, Irish Council of the European Movement 1991- 1993
  • When Frances was declared as a candidate for Fine Gael, nominated by Garret FitzGerald it did not come as a surprise to the media
Garret Fitzgerald and Frances Fitzgerald in the lobby of Leinster House, 1992.
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  • Frances was first elected in 1992 as a Fine Gael TD for Dublin South-East, where she served until losing this seat in the 2002
Frances Fitzgerald, Election Literature. 1992.
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  • Frances was the first woman to secure this seat.
  • Front-bench spokesperson on Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, 1993-94
  • Member, Select Committee on Social Affairs, April 1993
  • Front-bench spokesperson on Defence, 1997
Frances Fitzgerald, Peter Sutherland and John Bruton (Taoiseach 1994-1997).
  • Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, 1995-1997
Frances Fitzgerald (first on left) with President Mary Robinson.
  • Member, All-Party Constitutional Committee, 1997
  • Front-bench spokesperson on Defence, 1997. Member, Joint Committee on Justice, Equality and Law Reform, 1997 (Sub-Committee on Women’s Rights, 1998)Insert image no.17 under the 24th bullet point. Insert caption and credit in small font below image.See spreadsheet for details.
  • Member of Group 84 in Dáil Éireann 1992-1997
Frances Fitzgerald, Centre. Group 84 in Dáil Éireann 1992-1997.
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  • Dublin City Councillor 1999-2004
Frances Fitzgerald- Election Literature, 1999.
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  • Contested the Dublin Mid-West Constituency in the 2007 General Election
Frances Fitzgerald- Election Literature, 2007.
Frances Fitzgerald Collection
  • Elected to the Seanad in 2007 (Labour Panel)
Senator Frances Fitzgerald- 2007-2011
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  • Opposition Leader in the Upper House. 2007-2011
  • Joint Committee on Health and Children, 2007-2011 (Sub-Committee on Children)
  • Committee Member on Selection of Seanad Éireann, 2007-11
  • Seanad Éireann Committee on Procedure and Privileges, 2007-11
  • Committee on Members' Interests of Seanad Éireann, 2007-2011
  • Elected to the Seanad in 2007 (Labour Panel)
  • Cross Party Group Mental Health, 2009. Supported by Amnesty International
  • Elected as TD Dublin Mid-West in the 2011 General Election
  • Served as Minister for Children & Youth Affairs from 2011 to 2014
  • Served as Minister for Justice & Equality from 2014 to 2017
  • Served as Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation from June 2017 to November 2017
Leaflet- Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation
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  • Tánaiste from May 2016 to November 2017