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.

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

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

- 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:

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 and Mount Merrion.

Revenue treatment of vendors further disadvantages Dubliners - Mitchell

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South, Olivia Mitchell, has said the Revenue Commissioners are reneging on a clear commitment given to householders in 2013 and the treatment of vendors further disadvantages Dubliners.

Parliamentry Question addressed to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his response to concerns expressed by those in the Irish airline industry regarding the proposal in the draft National Policy for Aviation which would permit non-EU/USA airlines pick up passengers in competition with EU airlines?

Parliamentary Question addressed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs

To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will communicate his disagreement with the World Health Organisation proposal which excludes universal access to reproductive health (currently MDG 5B) from its submission for a new health goal for the post 2015 framework; if he will further request that this vital health right is included in the final WHO proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter?

Public Health (Standard Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014

I fully support efforts by the Minister in particular to stamp out smoking. Unlike others, I accept the evidence that smoking really does kill and before it kills one, it makes one very unhealthy and it greatly reduces one's quality of life

Update on the Sale of the Mount Carmel Site by Dr James Reilly Minister for Health

While I understand that the proposed sale of Mount Carmel has not been completed, I can confirm that, in the context of other potential uses for the campus, the HSE has made a bid for the buildings and land which were previously the Mount Carmel Maternity Hospital.