Minister of State at the Department of Education
Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD is Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education having been appointed on 14 June 2017.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor is committed to leading the development of national policy on equity of access to higher education for all students, overseeing a range of support measures which facilitate greater levels of participation by disadvantaged students, mature students and students with disabilities.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor is due to name her taskforce later this month on Gender Equality within our Higher Education Institutions. The Minister is determined that Ireland’s female academics will have all the same possibilities of career advancement as their male counterparts.
The Minister is dedicated to supporting the Irish education system in becoming more internationalised, by encouraging and assisting with the development of further links and relationships between Ireland and many partners at individual, institutional and country level.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor previously served Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation from 6 May 2016, leading on the creation and maintenance of high quality and sustainable full employment across all regions of the country, seeing, for the first time in almost a decade, over 2 million people employed in Ireland.
In 2011, former Taoiseach Enda Kenny appointed Minister Mitchell O’Connor as the Chairperson of the Internal Fine Gael Education Committee based on her successful career in education. She also wrote the first draft of the Fine Gael Education Manifesto 2016.
Mary was a School Principal in Scoil Cholmcille in Skryne, Co. Meath before taking the reins of The Harold School in Glasthule, Co. Dublin, a large urban school of over 600 pupils. Mary has an Honours Masters’ Degree in Education and Management from National University Ireland, (NUI) Maynooth.