Michelle Mulherin TD

Michelle attended Breaffy National School and St. Mary’s Secondary School Ballina. She studied law at University College Dublin and trained as a Solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland and practiced in her native Ballina.  

Michelle was first elected in 1999 to Ballina Town Council and to Mayo County Council in 2004 topping the poll as a Town Councillor and County Councillor in the 2009 Local Elections. Michelle was the first female Councillor for Fine Gael elected to Ballina Town Council, to Mayo County Council and to Dáil Eireann in Mayo. She held the office of Mayor of Ballina for 2008/2009. Michelle contested the 2011 General Election for the Mayo Constituency and took her seat in the 31st Dáil in March 2011. She contested the 2007 Dáil and Seanad elections unsuccessfully.

Michelle is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committees for Public Service Oversight and Petitions and for the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht. She is Chair of the Fine Gael Internal Committee for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. She is also a member of AWEPA.

Michelle is Chairperson of Ballina Arts Centre and Theatre. As a strong supporter of the arts Michelle has taken part in many of the productions staged in Ballina, her most memorable was Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa. She enjoys music and Johnny Cash is one of her favourite artists.

Prior to her election to Dáil Eireann Michelle was a member of the following:

·          European Union Committee of the Regions

·          Mayo County Development Board

·          Board of Mayo Energy Agency

·          Board of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company

·          Board of Fr. Patrick Peyton Centre

·          Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association.

While serving as Chair of Mayo County Council’s Planning and Development Strategic Policy Committee she spearheaded the development of the Renewable Energy Strategy for the County. She was a previous Chair of the Roads and Transport Strategic Policy Committee.

Her political heroes include former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Michael Collins, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. 

Mulherin calls for increase in milk intervention price

Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Michelle Mulherin, has commended the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney after he made a strong call at a recent Council of Agriculture Ministers in the EU Commission to consider examination of the intervention price. Deputy Mulherin has called for an increase in the intervention price due to the detrimental impact the current rate of 21 cent per litre has on milk prices.

Mulherin receives confirmation on extension of discretionary medical cards

Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Michelle Mulherin, has welcomed confirmation she has received that the temporary reinstatement of discretionary cards will be extended by a further 12 months, until the end of July 2016. This relates to discretionary medical card holders whose cards were lost between July 2011 and May 2014 and whose cards were subsequently re-issued until 31st July 2015. Deputy Mulherin received the confirmation from Minister of State at the Department of Health, Kathleen Lynch in response to a parliamentary question she tabled on the matter.

€180m investment in renewable power in Mayo to create new opportunities for local economy - Mulherin

It was fantastic to receive formal confirmation today from the Mayo Renewable Power that finance for their project at Asahi is finally over the line” said Michelle Mulherin, Fine Gael TD for Mayo. “They will now proceed to build their wood chip biomass power station.”

Patients’ views central to new cancer strategy - Mulherin

Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Michelle Mulherin, has said that the inclusion of a patient representative on the new Cancer Strategy Steering Group is the correct decision as the views of patients should be central to the new strategy. Deputy Mulherin received confirmation of the inclusion of a patient representative from the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar.