Mary Mitchell O’Connor is a Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire County. The constituency includes Ballybrack, Blackrock, Booterstown, Cabinteely/Cornelscourt, Dalkey, Deansgrange, Dún Laoghaire, Foxrock, Glasthule/Sandycove, Glenageary, Killiney, Leopardstown, Loughlinstown, Monkstown, Sallynoggin, and Shankill.
Mary was elected to Dáil Éireann on her first attempt in the 2011 General Election. Mary has devoted her time as TD to the residents of Dún Laoghaire. She is committed to economic growth, supporting small businesses and improving education and health. Mary has crusaded for a balanced pupil teacher ratio, additional resource hours for students with disabilities and Government reform of childcare. She has worked on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015, advocated for healthy eating and decreasing obesity and helped raise the age for Breast Checks to 69.
In Dáil Éireann, Mary serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Health and Children
- Select sub-Committee on Children and Youth Affairs
- Select sub-Committee on Health
- Internal Fine Gael Education Committee
- Internal Fine Gael Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee
In 2011, Taoiseach Enda Kenny appointed Mary as the Chairperson of the Internal Fine Gael Education based on her successful career in education. Mary worked for over seven years as Principal in two different schools, Scoil Cholmcille in Skryne, Co. Meath and The Harold School in Glasthule, Co. Dublin. Mary has an Honours Masters’ Degree in Education and Management from National University Ireland, (NUI) Maynooth.
Mary also served as a County Councillor on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. She was elected for two consecutive terms in June 2004 and re-elected in June 2009.
Mary successfully ran her own business in the past and is extremely supportive of local business and enterprise. Mary continues to work closely with Business Associations and businesses in the Dún Laoghaire Constituency and has held a number of conferences for local businesses.
Mary currently lives in Cabinteely and is a mother of two sons. Her favourite day off work is spent in Croke Park with her family and friends.