Eithne FitzGerald

Eithne Fitzgerald (née Ingoldsby; born 28 November 1950) is an Irish economist and former Labour Party politician who served as Minister of State at the Office of the Tánaiste from 1994 to 1997, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise and Employment from 1994 to 1997 and Minister of State at the Department of Finance from 1993 to 1994. She served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South constituency from 1992 to 1997.

Eithne Fitzgerald
Minister of State at the Office of the Tánaiste
In office
20 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
TaoiseachJohn Bruton
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise and Employment
In office
20 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
TaoiseachJohn Bruton
Preceded bySéamus Brennan
Succeeded byMichael Smith
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
In office
14 January 1993 – 15 December 1994
TaoiseachAlbert Reynolds
Preceded byNoel Treacy
Succeeded byHugh Coveney
Teachta Dála
In office
November 1992 – June 1997
ConstituencyDublin South
Personal details
Born
Eithne Ingoldsby

(1950-11-28) 28 November 1950 (age 69)
Dublin, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)John D. FitzGerald (m. 1989)
Children3
Alma materUniversity College Dublin

She stood unsuccessfully four times for Dáil Éireann at various general elections, in the Dublin South constituency, before being elected a Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin South at the 1992 general election.[1] On that occasion, she not only topped the poll but received more first preference votes than any other candidate in the country. Labour entered into a coalition government with Fianna Fáil, and Fitzgerald was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Finance in January 1993.

When the Labour Party withdrew from that coalition in 1994, a new "Rainbow coalition" was formed between Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Democratic Left. She was transferred to the post of Minister of State at the office of the Tánaiste and Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise and Employment, where she served until the coalition government was defeated at the 1997 general election.

Fitzgerald lost her seat at that election,[2] being replaced by Fine Gael's Olivia Mitchell. She stood again in Dublin South at the 2002 general election, but was not elected.

She is married to John D. FitzGerald, the son of Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eithne Fitzgerald". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Eithne Fitzgerald". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Roger Garland
(Green Party)
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin South
1992–1997
Succeeded by
Olivia Mitchell
(Fine Gael)
Political offices
Preceded by
Mary O'Rourke
Minister of State for Labour Affairs
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Tom Kitt