Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD is Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Higher Education, having been appointed on 14 June 2017. She previously served as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation from 6 May 2016.
Mary was first elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2011 General Election. She had previously served on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council after being elected in June 2004 and re-elected in June 2009. Mary is a qualified teacher and before her election was Principal of the Harold School Glasthule, a busy mixed Catholic school with 500 pupils. During her time there, Mary successfully managed the amalgamation of St. Joseph’s Boys School and Harold Convent Girls’ School.
Mary is extremely supportive of local business and enterprise. She consistently fought against increases in commercial rates whilst on the Council in order to help keep the cost of doing business down.
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Budget 2018 and Higher Education - Minister Mitchell O'Connor
Almost 3,700 new jobs created in businesses supported by the Local Enterprise Offices in 2016 – Ministers Mitchell O’Connor & Breen
A net total of 3,679 new full and part-time jobs were delivered in 2016 by the 6,846 small businesses from across the country that have been supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), according to the results of the latest LEO annual jobs survey published today by Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D.
Monthly unemployment figure now at 6.8% and number of people at work at highest level since 2008 – Mary Mitchell O’Connor
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (Tuesday) welcomed the latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures from the Central Statistics Office, showing that employment has continued to increase and unemployment is now at 6.8%.