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Josepha Madigan is an Irish Fine Gael politician, solicitor, mediator and author who has served as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht since November 2017. She has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Rathdown constituency since 2016.[1] She previously served as Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight from July 2017 to November 2017.

Josepha Madigan

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Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Assumed office
30 November 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byHeather Humphreys
Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight
In office
8 July 2016 – 30 November 2017
Preceded byJohn Paul Phelan
Succeeded byColm Brophy
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyDublin Rathdown
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Councillor
In office
May 2014 – February 2016
Personal details
BornDublin, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Finbarr Hayes (m. 2002)
EducationMount Anville
Alma materTrinity College Dublin


Early and personal lifeEdit

From Dublin,[2][3] she attended Mount Anville Secondary School and Trinity College Dublin. She is married to Finbarr Hayes, and they have 2 children. Her father, Paddy Madigan, was a Fianna Fáil councillor in Dublin.[4][5] She and her family live in Mount Merrion.



Madigan is a qualified solicitor, who practised family law for 20 years, prior to her election to Dáil Éireann. She is also certified as a mediator by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland and is a previous Council member of the MII. She is a former Specialist Liaison Officer for Family Mediation in the MII.[6]


Madigan is the author of the first book in Ireland on mediation: "Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Ireland, a handbook for family lawyers and their clients" (Jordan Publishing, 2012). She has also self-published a novel called Negligent Behaviour.[7]


Madigan was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2016 general election, as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Rathdown constituency, beating sitting Fine Gael TD Alan Shatter by nearly 1,000 votes. She was appointed Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight in July 2017. She had been a member of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council from 2014 to 2016.[8][9]

Madigan issued a leaflet in 2014 claimed that providing accommodation for Travellers in her constituency would be "a waste of valuable resources". When asked about this later, Madigan claimed "Some people won't want to live beside people in halting sites [...] there might be more crime, that there might be anti-social behaviour".[10][11]

Madigan was three weeks a TD, when she was asked to participate in the 2016 government formation talks. She is an active member of the Public Accounts Committee. She has also brought forward a private member's bill to reduce the waiting time for divorce in Ireland from four years to two.

On 30 November 2017, Madigan was appointed to the cabinet as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in a reshuffle following the resignation of the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.[12]

On 29 March 2018, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appointed Madigan as the coordinator for the Fine Gael Yes campaign in the Referendum to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.[13]


  1. ^ "Josepha Madigan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
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  3. ^ "About Josepha Madigan". Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ "What you need to know about the new Culture Minister". RTÉ News. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Josepha Madigan, the new face of Fine Gael". 30 September 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Mediators' Institute congratulates mediator on election to Dáil". Irish Legal News. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Profile: Josepha Madigan (FG)". The Irish Times. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Election 2016: Josepha Madigan". RTÉ News. 27 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Josepha Madigan". Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  10. ^ McQuinn, Cormac (3 December 2017). "New Minister Madigan insists she is 'absolutely not anti-Traveller' and that 2014 newsletter contents were 'widely misrepresented'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Josepha Madigan: 'Why I'm standing over my Traveller site views'". Sunday Independent. 6 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Taoiseach names Simon Coveney as new Tánaiste". RTÉ News. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  13. ^ McQuinn, Cormac (5 April 2018). "'My support for abortion is not at odds with my faith' - Madigan". Irish Independent. Retrieved 26 May 2018.

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