Mary Mitchell-O'Connor TD

Mary was elected to Dáil Éireann on her first attempt in the 2011 General Election. She had previously served on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council after being elected on her first attempt in June 2004 and re-elected in June 2009. Mary is a qualified teacher and before her election was Principal of the Harold School Glasthule, a busy mixed Catholic school with 500 pupils. During her time there, Mary successfully managed the amalgamation of St. Joseph's Boys School and Harold Convent Girls' School. Mary will prioritise education issues during her time in the Dáil and she was appointed by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny as Chairperson of the Internal Fine Gael Education Committee in 2011.

Mary is extremely supportive of local business and enterprise. She consistently fought against increases in commercial rates whilst on the Council in order to help keep the cost of doing business down.

Students should be eligible for free water allowance – Mitchell O’Connor

Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Wednesday), appealed to Irish Water to consider extending the age for the children’s water free allowance to students up to 23 years of age who can prove they are in full time education.

SF plan to withdraw private school subsidy would jeopardise 1,500 jobs and cost millions – Mitchell O’Connor

Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has strongly criticised Sinn Féin’s pre budget proposal to withdraw the private school subsidy over five years on the grounds that this move will put 1,500 jobs at risk and cost the state tens of millions per year.

World Sight Day an opportunity to highlight preventable sight loss – Mitchell O’Connor

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Thursday), on World Sight Day, highlighted the need for increased early detection and intervention of blindness and eye diseases in Ireland as 75% to 80% of sight loss cases are avoidable.

Mitchell O’Connor urges public to contribute to defibrillator debate

Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today called on members of the public to contribute to a HIQA consultation assessing public access defibrillation. This report will be presented to the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD to inform decision making on the Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013.