Frances Fitzgerald, who represents the Dublin Mid-West constituency, was first elected to the Dáil in 1992.
She was previously elected to the Seanad, where she served as the leader of the Opposition.
In 2011, Ms Fitzgerald was appointed Ireland's first Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Ms Fitzgerald studied in UCD, where she earned a B.Soc in Science. She went on to complete an M.SC in Social Administration and Social Work at the London School of Economics.
She worked as a social worker and family therapist, in roles in the Mater Hospital, St James's Hospital and the Ballymun Child and Family Centre
She has served as Chair of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and Vice President of the European Women’s Lobby.
Ms Fitzgerald is married, and has three sons, all in their 20s. One is an actor, one a trainee accountant, and one is a student.