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 spokesperson on Competition & Consumer Protection.

As a Dublin TD I am focused on issues that affect constituents' lives: transport links, education, health and disability services, the availability of and access to affordable housing and property tax. The protection and development of jobs and businesses in Dublin South’s commercial areas and the wider Dublin area has always been and continues to be a priority of mine.

I am currently a member of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee and I was recently appointed as a member of the Irish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. I have spoken at the plenary sessions in Strasbourg on tackling human rights issues in Europe and participate in the Committee on Migration

Political Career:

I was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1997 and re-elected in 2002, 2007 and 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.

- Member of the Irish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. I attend four plenary meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly each year in Strasbourg, which focus particularly on European human rights issues. I sit on the Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons Committee and am an alternate member of the Political Affairs and Democracy Committee both working within the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

- I am currently a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs.

- Member of AWEPA (Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa) and currently Vice President of the AWEPA executive committee.

- Chairperson of Oireachtas All-Party Interest Group on Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights and Development. This group is also a member group of the European Parliamentary Forum (EPF) on Population and Development.

- Former Dublin Representative on the World Health Organisation Multi-City Action Plan’ Programme which sought to develop sustainable cities.

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

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 at Mount Anville Convent before I entered politics.

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

Dublin South constituency changes to Dublin Rathdown:

I currently represent the constituency of Dublin South. From the next General Election the constituency will change to Dublin Rathdown comprising of a smaller area, including: Clonskeagh, Windy Arbour, Dundrum, Milltown, Churchtown, Nutgrove, Ballinteer, Rathfarnham (DLR areas), Stepaside, Glencullen, Sandyford, Leopardstown, Kilgobbin, Ballyogan, Kiltiernan, Stillorgan, Kilmacud and Mount Merrion.

The need for a common European response to migration challenges

I welcome the opportunity to speak to reinforce as strongly as I can Madame Brasseur’s call for action and Mr Mariani’s call for a common European response to the immigration issue.

Parliamentary Question addressed to the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht

To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will consider setting up a Government committee to prevent the loss of national treasures, similar to a committee operating in the UK, that can place temporary export bans on the most culturally important works following auction to allow local benefactors or museums to match the offers of foreign buyers; and if she will make a statement on the matter?

Situation in Hungary following the adoption of Assembly Resolution 1941

I want to thank Mr. Watters for his work on this report, which was considerable, given the range and complexity of the issues to be investigated. I also want to acknowledge the willingness and openness of the Hungarian authorities to engage with the Secretary General, with the Venice Commission and others in their efforts to implement the resolution of the Assembly in 2013.

Oireachtas Joint Committee report on the Direct Provision System

I welcome the opportunity to speak on the report from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions. I thank the committee for the report and congratulate it on the speed of its work. The report is comprehensive and all of us agree it is necessary.

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

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if funding is in place to continue the Deaf Advocacy Service of the Irish Deaf Society when the current programme runs out; and if he will make a statement on the matter?