Ten facts you might not know about our new Justice Minister
On the foot of Mr Shatter's dramatic departure yesterday, Frances Fitzgerald has been named as the new Minister for Justice.
Here are ten facts you might not know about the woman filling this daunting role.
1. Name: Frances Fitzgerald
2. Age: 64
3. Hometown: Croom in Limerick but now lives in Castleknock
4. Family status: Married to Michael. The couple have three sons, Owen, Mark and Robert
5. Education: UCD and London's School of Economics
6. Biggest achievements: Steering the passing of the Children's rights referendum, passing the Children's First legislation and playing an instrumental part in the setting up of the Child and Family Agency.
7. Biggest disappointment: Losing her Dail seat in 2007
8. Closest political ally: Enda Kenny. Ms Fitzgerald is also very close to her special advisors William Lavelle and Marian Mannion
9. First job: Social worker in St Ultan's, a small children's hospital in Dublin.
10. Leadership Heaves: In 1994, she helped to see off challenge to John Bruton by the so-called 'gang of four', which included Alan Shatter and Charlie Flanagan. Supported Kenny in the heave by Bruton