17 August 2016

Job Vacancy in My Office - Secretarial Assistant

Job Description - Secretarial Assistant 

This role involves supporting the administration and organization of my busy Constituency Office, managing correspondence, dealing with constituency queries, organising Constituency Advice Clinics, maintaining an efficient database and filing system and other general office duties.

Applicants for this position should be interested in political and community issues, have excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to work as part of a team whilst also being a good self-starter.

Previous experience in similar or relevant roles is desirable but not essential.

A full driving licence would be desirable but not essential.

If you are interested in being considered please submit an up to date CV together with names of two referees to Frances.Fitzgerald@oir.ie or by post to 9 Main Street, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.   Applications close on FRIDAY 26th August, 2016. 

Remuneration will be based on a scale as set down by the Houses of the Oireachtas - Scheme for Secretarial Assistance

Successful candidates will be subjected to full Garda Vetting.

15 August 2016

Interview with Sunday Business Post

Interview with Sunday Business Post

Following the end of the Dáil term, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD was interviewed by Hugh O'Connell for the Sunday Business Post.
The interview can be accessed online at this link http://www.businesspost.ie/frances-fitzgerald-the-first-role-of-government-is-to-keep-our-people-safe/

09 August 2016

Fitzgerald Confirms Further Progress in Pool for Lucan Project 

Lucan TD,​ Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed another significant step in the Design process for the new Swimming Pool for Lucan.
"I am glad to see the Council has forwarded their recommended Consultant Design Team to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for their approval. This is a significant step in the planning and design stages and I wish to commend the Council on their progression of this project," said Fitzgerald. 
Earlier this year, Government approved funding for a Swimming Pool for Lucan under the National Swimming Pool Funding Programme 2016-18. The re-opening of this fund for the first time since 2000 gave the Council the necessary support to build a pool after 12 years of waiting for Lucan residents. 
"This is a project in the hearts and minds of many residents and it has been a real example of what we can achieve when we work together. I initiated a meeting between the South Dublin County Council CEO Danny McLoughlin and the then Minister for Sport Michael Ring, to kick start the project at official level again. This meeting provided a turning point in making a swimming pool a reality when an agreement in principle was reached by both parties that, if Government funding became available, the Council would provide the additional funding and build a pool. Government was able to re-open the National Swimming Pool Funding Programme following a feasibility study and the Council approved €400,000 in funding for design and planning as well as a commitment to fund the build in their Capital Programme 2016- 18. The result of this was the awarding of funding to the Council under the re-opened Programme, allowing them to finally deliver this project. 
"I would like to acknowledge the commitment of local Councillors, in particular my colleagues Cllrs Vicki Casserly and William Lavelle, who kept the pool to the forefront of the Council’s agenda. I was pleased to play my part and ensure that the pool finally came to fruition and want to thank the Council for their work in putting proposals, designs and plans together. They are certainly working to deliver it without delay and hope to have it completed in Autumn 2017," concluded Fitzgerald.

07 July 2016

Keeping in Touch - July 2016

Dear Residents,I hope this email newsletter finds you and your family well and that you are enjoying the summer so far!Well done to our fantastic Boys in Green, in particular Clondalkins Glen Whelan and Stephen Quinn, doing the nation proud and representing us in the Euros in the best possible way. I was delighted to secure permission from Dublin City Council for the Fanzone in Smithfield for the match against France! As usual our supporters did us proud showcasing the remarkable friendliness of the Irish fans, making them every other country’s second team at this years championship. The teams achievement in beating Italy, reaching the knockout stages, and taking on the host nation cannot be underestimated. The supporters excelled themselves as ambassadors for our country, and it was a great source of pride to see that every French city had the welcome sign out for the Irish supporters. Below is an update on just some of the issues I have been working on this month. Please continue to keep in touch with me on the issues of concern to you. Feel free to log onto my website www.francesfitzgerald.ie for more on my work on your behalf, both as a local T.D. and nationally as Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality.If I can at any time be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate get in touch.Best,

20 June 2016

Fitzgerald marks Father’s Day with publication of Paternity Bill

Local TD and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald marked Father’s Day by confirming publication of the Paternity Bill to provide fathers with two weeks of paternity leave and two weeks of paternity benefit.

Fitzgerald and her colleague Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar TD visited Farmleigh on Father’s Day to promote the Bill to families. It will be formally published today (Monday) and introduced to the Dáil this coming Friday.

Fitzgerald said: “This legislation has been a priority for me since the new Partnership Government was established in May. This will be very welcome news for local fathers and local families, and will afford them the opportunity to be more involved at the earliest stages of a child’s development. In fact it will be beneficial for the whole family, as studies show that targeting investment in a child’s early years leads to better outcomes for both the child and wider society.

“I have been a strong advocate for the necessity of paid paternity leave for many years. Consistent findings show that targeting investment in a child’s early years leads to better outcomes for both the child and wider society.