Join us on 31st May to hear from Sinn Fein Party Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD on business and economic outlook as we emerge from Covid-19 in the latest webinar in our Political Leaders series.
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Webinar, Dublin Chamber, . .
Mary Lou McDonald:Mary Lou is a Teachta Dála for the Dublin Central constituency which includes one of the most deprived communities in the state. She was elected leader of Sinn Féin by the party membership in 2018 and is the first woman to lead the opposition in the Dáil.She has overseen an unprecedented growth in Sinn Féin delivering a team of 37 TDs with the highest number of women elected in 2020 when compared to any other party, with a front bench team that is almost 50/50 female-male. Nearly one third of all women TDs in the Dáil are from Sinn Féin.Following her election to the Dáil in 2011 Mary Lou was Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform and on her re-election in 2016 Sinn Féin’s All-Ireland Spokesperson for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. She was a prominent member of the Public Accounts Committee between 2011 and 2017 holding Ministers and senior civil servants to account. She has also served on the Joint Oireachtas Committees for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Future of Mental Health.She was an MEP for Dublin from 2004 to 2009 and during her time in the European Parliament Mary Lou was a prominent member of the Employment and Social Affairs committee and Civil Liberties committee.Educated in Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University she studied English Literature, European Integration Studies and Human Resource Management. She previously worked as a consultant for the Irish Productivity Centre, a researcher for the Institute of European Affairs and a trainer in the trade union sponsored Partnership Unit of the Educational and Training Services Trust.