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Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State attending Government and Minister of State at the Departments of Social Protection, Justice & Equality and Health with special responsibility for Disabilities. 


Appointed Minister of State on 6th May 2016


The Minister is accountable for developing and articulating Government policy on improving the lives of people with disabilities and their carers through three Government departments; Health, Social Protection and Justice & Equality. The Minister will also be focusing on the rights of people with disabilities as well as their equality of opportunity, access to early childhood care and educational needs.  The Minister is committed to implementing in full, Ireland’s first ever Carer’s Strategy.

Political Career:

Finian has no political party affiliation.  He was elected to Dublin City Council in 1999.  First elected to Dáil Eireann as an Independent in 2002, he was subsequently re-elected in 2007, 2011 and again in 2016 representing Dublin Bay North.  In May 2016, Finian as part of an Independent Alliance, entered into a Partnership Government with an agreed programme including major health and disability reforms.

Family Background:
Married to the late Anne McGrath (nee Russell) and father to two daughters Caoimhe and Cliodhna.  Proud grandfather to Anna, daughter of Caoimhe and son-in-law Niall Relihan.


Last modified:02/06/2016

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