Olivia Mitchell TD

I have been your Fine Gael TD in Dublin South since 1997 and have served as party spokesperson in key portfolios - Local Government; Health & Children; Transport; Arts Sports & Tourism and most recently spokesperson on Competition & Consumer Protection.

As a former teacher of economics, I have long been an advocate of greater competition and have been particularly active in campaigning for a more efficient transport system and increased bus competition. I believe that producers as well as consumers can benefit from the lower prices that greater competition can bring, reducing costs, protecting jobs and promoting export-led growth.

In the current crisis, the prime concern of Government must be the public good and not the vested interests of old. On an island country with a small domestic market there is a natural tendency for higher prices and uncompetitive situations to become established, so it behoves any Irish government to be ever vigilant in protecting consumers.

Political Career :

I  was first elected to Dáil Éireann  in 1997 and re-elected in 2002, 2007, 2011.I  received the highest vote of any female candidate in the 2011 General Election.

-Member of the Fine Gael Front Bench: 2001-2010 Served as party spokesperson on Local Development, the National Drugs Strategy and Dublin Traffic: 1997-2001 Housing & Local Government: 2001 Health & Children: 2002-2004 Transport: 2004–2007 Arts, Sport and Tourism: 2007-2010 Competition & Consumer Protection: 2010

-Dublin/Dun Laoghaire County Council Member: 1983-2003 and served as Chairperson from 1995–1996

Served on the following bodies at various times as a county councillor: Eastern Health Board, Dublin Regional Authority, Dublin Transport Initiative Advisory Committee, Dublin Healthy Cities Project, Joint Dublin county councils’ taxi advisory committee.

-AWEPA (Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa) Irish Section Long-time member and currently a member of the Irish AWEPA executive committee.

-Women’s All-Party Interest Group on Development and Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights Long-term member and newly-appointed Convenor of this group, which is also a member group of the European Parliamentary Forum (EPF) on Population and Development.

-World Health Organisation’s ‘Multi-City Action Plan’ Programme Dublin Representative on this project which sought to develop sustainable cities.

-Forum for Peace and Reconciliation Member of the Fine Gael delegation. Established to encourage dialogue among parliamentarians on the Northern Irish conflict: 1994-1996.

Personal  life :

I graduated with a B.A. in Economics & Politics and a HDip in Education from Trinity College Dublin. I taught Business Studies at St.Tiernan’s Community School and Economics Mount Anville Convent before I entered politics.

I am married with three grown up children, and I live in the Dundrum area.

Dublin South:

I represent the constituency of Dublin South. This comprises, but is not exclusive to, Clonskeagh, Windy Arbour, Dundrum, Milltown, Churchtown, Nutgrove, Ballinteer, Rathfarnham, Ballyroan, Knocklyon, Ballycullen, Firhouse, Stepaside, Glencullen, Sandyford, Leopardstown, Kilgobbin, Carrickmines, Kiltiernan, Cherrywood, Cabinteely, Foxrock, Stillorgan, Kilmacud, Mount Merrion.

Prostitution, trafficking and modern slavery in Europe - Council of Europe

Mde President, Assembly colleagues, I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to speak and to support the proposals in this report. I want to congratulate Mr. Mendes Bota on his open-minded, sensitive and even-handed approach to establishing a causal relationship between the different prostitution related policies and trafficking.

Barely a single house for rent in Dublin South meets the rent supplement criteria – Mitchell

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South, Olivia Mitchell, has suggested that a structured government backed scheme to help support families and individuals relocate and settle in the gateways and hub towns identified in the National Spatial Strategy would help alleviate social housing need in Dublin.

paliamentary Question addressed to the Minister for Education and Skills

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the efforts being made to increase the number of ASD places in mainstream secondary schools in Dublin south; and if he will make a statement on the matter?

Statements on the supply of Social Housing and the Governments Homelessness Policy

I very much welcome the opportunity to speak on this issue. The debate is very timely. I am sure I am no different from other Deputies who probably find that housing is not just the single biggest issue coming to them in representations but larger than all other issues combined.

Parliamentary Question addressed to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount of the annual payment to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from Irish Water as determined in the service level agreement between them; and if he will make a statement on the matter?