Michelle was mayor of Ballina for 2008/2009. She is a graduate of UCD and the Law Society of Ireland, and she works as a solicitor in Ballina. Michelle was the first female Councillor for Fine Gael elected to Ballina Town Council in 1999. She represents Ireland as a member of the EU Committee of the Regions. Michelle is a member of the County Development Board and is Chairperson of Ballina Arts Events.
Some other facts about Michelle: Michelle is a native of Ballina, where she's lived all her life. She's a big music fan Johnny Cash is one of her favourite artists. Twelve Angry Men is her favourite film. Michelle was involved in amateur dramatics locally and played a number of roles her most memorable was Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa. Michelle's political heroes are Mary Robinson and Michael Collins.