05 May 2016
Statements on Crime

Dáil Éireann 5 May 2016
Minister’s Opening Remarks

 At the outset I must say that I very much welcome the opportunity that this debate provides to discuss the measures we've taken to tackle crime in all its forms and to look at how to improve our strategies to protect and support communities throughout the country.

Crime creates victims… and even if you are not the victim, crime can be disturbing. It can be frightening.
When a house on your road is burgled;
When a farm down the road is robbed;
When a gang-related shooting occurs in your neighbourhood;
It is all frightening.
But it doesn’t mean we have to accept it.

As Minister for Justice I have been committed to doing all we can as a state to disrupt and prevent crime… and to make our streets and our communities safer.

Gang-related crime
The evil and sinister cycle of gangland violence  in our Capital is shocking and disturbing. The loss of life, including the life of those who played no part in gang related feuds, is intolerable.

This violent feud is unprecedented in its audacity. The gangs show no regard for public safety. The events we have seen are outrageous.

21 April 2016
Lucan TD,​ Minister Frances Fitzgerald has today announced that funding has been granted from Government for a swimming pool in Lucan. Minister for Sport, Michael Ring has granted funding to South Dublin County Council to proceed with building a pool, which is expected to be completed and available for families to use next year.

"I am really delighted to announce to the children and families of Lucan that a pool is about to become a reality. The building of this pool has been a personal and political goal of mine,” Fitzgerald said following the announcement.
22 March 2016
22nd March, 2016

Commenting on the terror attacks today in Brussels Minister Fitzgerald said:

"Today's events in Brussels are another dreadful reminder of the savagery of terrorists who hold our values and democracy itself in deadly contempt.
Our sympathies go to all those who have been affected by these attacks.
An Garda Síochána are liaising with the relevant authorities in Brussels and other international partners in the light of these attacks. While it remains the case that there is no specific information about a threat to this country, as a country with the same values as our European partners, we are not immune. That threat level is, of course, kept under review and will continue to be particularly in the light of today's terrible events. And we have to bear in mind too that an attack on our European neighbours is an attack on us all. The Government is determined that all necessary steps will continue to be taken to counteract this threat and will play its full part in doing so with its international partners.
We know from the dark history of this island that, while, despite the best efforts of police and security services, terrorists can succeed from time to time in carrying out attacks, ultimately democracy and our values will prevail."
25 February 2016


Dear Residents,

This is an special edition of my regular monthly e-mail newsletter.

I want to thank you for taking the time to engage with my team and I over recent weeks and months, and for sharing your views, your hopes, your fears and your frustrations. I have listened residents in Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Newcastle, Rathcoole, Saggart and Brittas and with your support I will be a strong voice for your concerns in the Dáil.

I have a consistent record of keeping in contact with residents, visiting local estates and working on local issues – not just at election time!

As a mother of three sons, I realise the importance of investing in facilities and supports for families, and have worked hard to do this. Over the past five years I have;

Ø Supported Community, Youth and Older People Services;
Ø Ensured funding for long-awaited school buildings and extensions;
Ø Supported important grants for local sports clubs.

In fact I have worked on all of the issues relevant to our community. As many of you know, myself and my team also work hard to assist with any individual queries through my full time constituency offices. The next five years are vital for our country. Fine Gael has a plan to keep the recovery going and to bring it to every family, every home and every business in Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Newcastle, Rathcoole, Saggart and Brittas.

I am committed to working, delivering and supporting our families and communities. I would love to have the opportunity to continue this work, but to do so I need your No.1 Vote on Friday.

Please feel free to forward this message to any of your friends and family in the Dublin Mid West area.

Warm regards,


11 February 2016
Fine Gael plans to ensure older years are better years

Package of measures worth €870million for Older People
Frances Fitzgerald, Local TD and Minister has today [Wednesday 10 February] highlighted plans to support older people and ensure that older years are better years.  The plan will safeguard and improve State entitlements for older people, and will provide enhanced supports for older people to live independently in their homes amongst their own communities in Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Newcastle, Rathcoole, Saggart and Brittas.

Speaking about the plan, Fitzgerald said “I understand from meeting older people in Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Newcastle, Rathcoole, Saggart and Brittas that they want a sense of reassurance and peace-of-mind in the years ahead.

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