Mary is married to James; they have two children and two grandchildren. She was first elected to public office in the 2004 local election. Mary plays an incredibly proactive role in her local community and is deeply involved in many local organisations such as Care for the Aged and the West Cork Music Festival.
Mary’s considerable efforts have culminated in helping to attract the multinational company, Amazon, to establish in Bantry, resulting in the creation of 25 new jobs to the local area; furthermore her input is of huge significance in enabling the continued success of the West Cork Music Festival, which contributes a respectable €2.5 million to the local economy annually. Currently Mary is working in collaboration with the Port of Cork to further develop the existing Cruise Tourism business with the aim of significantly increasing the numbers of Cruise liners coming into the area. Mary intends to continue to work hard to support her local area; she is proud to be a public representative and is striving to increase facilities available to young people in the area. Going forward, Mary is constantly seeking out further concrete opportunities to enhance her local area socially, economically and culturally.