In Profile: Charlie Flanagan
This is Charlie Flanagan’s first ministerial posting.
Mr Flanagan (58), a solicitor and former party justice spokesman, supported the June 2010 botched Fine Gael leadership heave against Enda Kenny.
He was party spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Law Reform from 2007 to 2010, and was the party spokesperson on Children from 2010 to 2011.
He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1987.
He has been chairperson of the Fine Gael parliamentary party since June 2011.
Born and raised in Mountmellick, he now lives in Portlaoise, with his wife Mary and two daughters.
He has published Draft Bills and Amendments in a range of areas, notably: Competition Law, Corruption, White Collar Crime, Fraud and Bribery.