Teaching Council blunder a waste of time and money

Council should be absorbed into the Dept of Education –

Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Saturday) called a blunder by the Teaching Council of Ireland in a recent ballot as a ridiculous waste of time and money.

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Interview process needed for student teachers

If teachers are unsuited to their profession they will diversify into other fields resulting in lost resources to the State.

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said a screening process should be established for those hoping to undertake teaching courses to determine whether or not the prospective student is suitable for the profession. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor made the points during a recent Dáil debate.

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Time to redress the gender pay gap balance

Steps taken to increase women’s representation in the Dáil, now time to look at the world of business

Speaking following the publication of an EU Commission study which suggests that Irish women are earning less than their male counterparts, Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said steps are being taken to increase female representation in the Dáil but discrimination persists in the business world.

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Benefits of bedtime stories should be signalled to parents on World Book Day

Speaking on the eve of World book Day, Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy and Chair of the FG Committee on Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said the benefits of reading a bedtime story with a child should be flagged with parents in the interest of encouraging reading for enjoyment by children at an early age.

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown to get 10% of NAMA allocation for social housing

2,000 housing units to be made available by NAMA with Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown to receive 4th highest allocation

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by the National Asset Management Agency that it will make more than 2,000 houses and apartments available for social housing needs.

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Debate on restricting access to eating disorder websites needed

The proliferation of eating disorder websites that promote anorexia and bulimia have a detrimental impact on our children who are struggling with negative body images according to Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who today (Friday) called for a debate on the possibility of restricting or eliminating access to such sites.

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Continued focus on a multi-lingual workforce will ensure Ireland remains attractive

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, today (Wednesday) said that if Ireland is to remain attractive to multi-national companies, we must ensure that our workforce is equipped with the skills required and that means encouraging a multi-lingual workforce. Read More

Promoting positive self-esteem is crucial to tackling eating disorders

Speaking on the eve of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which kicks off tomorrow (Monday), Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said that promoting positive self-esteem and body image in young women and men is key to getting to grips with bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders.

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NAMA should make housing available for victims of domestic abuse

Speaking following the launch of a domestic violence awareness campaign by Sonas Housing and Meath Women’s Refuge to highlight the impact of verbal abuse, Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, called on NAMA to make housing available to victims of domestic abuse to enable them to leave their abuser.

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NABCo Housing Project in Loughlinstown points the way for the future of social housing

Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Friday) welcomed the launch of a new housing development undertaken by NABCo Co-operative housing at Loughlinstown, Dun Laoghaire. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor attended today’s opening of the 49 units of family accommodation by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan T.D.

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