Josepha Madigan, TD

Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Dublin Rathdown


Josepha Madigan was appointed as Minister of State for Education with responsibility for special education and inclusion on July 1st 2020. 

Following her election to the Dáil for the first time in 2016, Josepha was appointed to the Fine Gael Government Formation negotiation team by former-Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Prior to her appointment as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2017, Josepha served on the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, the Future of Healthcare Committee, and was the Chairperson of the Budgetary Oversight Committee.

She was a Fine Gael Councillor for the Stillorgan Ward on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, from May 2014 until her election as a T.D.

Josepha practiced as a solicitor for twenty years. She won Family Lawyer of the year at the Irish Law Awards 2014.

Josepha is also an author of a handbook for family lawyers and their clients entitled “Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Ireland” (Jordan Publishing, 2012).

She studied at Mount Anville School, Trinity College Dublin and Blackhall Place. 


Josepha has lived in the Stillorgan Ward all her life. Married with two children, her family has deep roots in the community.

Josepha is a strong advocate of responsible governance and prudent spending. Josepha believes in a society that is progressive and creative but also in a government that is careful with tax-payers money and focused on building sound economic policies that make work pay.

Josepha would like to see extended support for the self- employed and working parents with childcare costs. Some of her other priorities include:

  • Reform of the Local Property Tax

  • Increased access to childcare

  • Reducing the wait period before couples can apply for a divorce

  • Reducing crime and building a secure society

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