Mary was a Secondary School Teacher of Gaeilge and History in Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin until her election to Dáil Éireann in 1997. During her time as a TD and Minister she brought commitment and enthusiasm to every position, having served in a number of ministerial positions such as Minister for Education and Science and Minister for Social and Family Affairs.
Since being elected to the County Council last year Mary has continued to work for her constituency.
Mary’s priorities include protecting education, tackling homelessness, affordable chilcare, increasing community based services and access to health supports and tackling crime.
Tel: 087 331 4646
1997 -2011 Member of Dáil Éireann
2000-2002 Minister for Children
2002-2004 Government Chief Whip
2004-2008 Minister of Education and Science
2008-2010 Minister of Social and Family Affairs
2010-2011 Minister of Arts Sport and Tourism
2014- Councillor, Blackrock Ward, DLRCC.