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# Mary Mitchell-O'Connor

All time
# memory lapse
Dáil approves €16,000 top-up payments for 'super junior' ministers amid criticism
Minister for public expenditure Michael McGrath “didn’t recall” his party, Fianna Fáil, trying to block the same allowances in 2017.
# Students
Minister reminds that SUSI grants and other student funds continue as more applications expected
There is a focus on student learner needs and wellbeing at the moment.
# College campuses
Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment
The Department of Education has funded the nationwide project.
# gone
Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Regina Doherty lose seats in first major Fine Gael casualties
Solidarity-People Before Profit’s Ruth Coppinger has lost her seat.
# Analysis
FG accused of being 'out of touch' over college comments, but who wants to scrap fees and how much would it cost?
Comments by two Fine Gael ministers this week landed them in hot water with students.
# bus corridor
Minister urges BusConnects 'rethink' and says 'alternative route must be found' in constituency
With BusConnects yet to progress to its next revised stage, public representatives have been having their say.
# Action Plan
45 women-only posts to be created in third-level education to address gender imbalance
Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the positions will be for world-class academics and are not ‘easy jobs’.
# bishop of elphin
Minister on bishop's comments: 'Contraception is fact of life now for women'
Mary Mitchell O’Conner said she agreed with the health minister that religion should not determine health and social policy in Ireland.
# Money Money Money
One-third of students are experiencing serious financial problems
Just under half of third level students’ monthly expenditure is provided by someone other than the student, usually a parent or partner.
# Gender Equality
Mary Mitchell O'Connor: 'There is sexism and bullying in the Dáil'
The junior minister was speaking after criticising “macho” culture in the Dáil.
# equal pay
Secondary school teachers' union recommends rejection of public pay deal
The union will ballot its members on the proposed agreement in the coming weeks.
# equal pay equal work
'Everyone who does the same job deserves the same pay': Mitchell O'Connor weighs in on teachers' pay
The Minister of State said she stands by the ideal that there should be equal pay for equal work.
# State Examinations
Proposal would give the State powers to investigate universities quickly
It comes after a report last week into universities found “unacceptable” financial practices.
# everyday i'm reshufflin
New legislation required for Minister Mitchell O'Connor to receive extra €16k allowance
Mitchell O’Connor lost her role as a senior minister at the cabinet table in Leo Varadkar’s reshuffle.
# tooting her horn
'6.6% unemployment - that's my performance': Mary Mitchell O'Connor hits back at critics
The Jobs Minister has come under fire with signs of discontent among her staff.
# cartoon saloon
This Irish Oscar-nominated animation company is bringing 140 new jobs to Kilkenny
Another 60 jobs were announced at tech company Red Hat in Waterford.
# jobs minister
Mary Mitchell O'Connor says she can handle criticism but it 'really hurts' her parents
The minister says her sick mother has lost sleep over some of the commentary about her performance.
# jobs minister
Jobs Minister sees second adviser leave in two months
The minister’s policy adviser Jim McGrath is leaving his post as of 20 January.
# welcome to ireland
IDA boss: 'I don't believe the housing crisis has cost us any investments or jobs'
IDA boss Martin Shanahan said the rental and housing crisis in Ireland is at “pinch point”.
# tensions
John Halligan believes the government won't serve its full term
The Waterford TD believes no party wants an election any time soon.
# Interview
'This is an absolute joke of a Dáil': Alan Kelly on sexism, his poisoned chalice and Labour's future
Labour’s Alan Kelly now finds himself in opposition – and he seems to rather like it.
# save our studio
Thousands sign petition calling for Ardmore Studios to be saved
The studio has filmed iconic movies such as Braveheart and The Field
# jumping ship
'We speak English': Companies thinking of leaving the UK are welcome in Ireland, says Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced 215 new jobs for Dublin and Waterford today.
# jobs minister
Ex-TV3 news anchor Alan Cantwell resigns from role as advisor to Mary Mitchell O'Connor
The former TV3 news presenter is parting company with the Minister for Jobs.
'Rural communities deserve better': Two in three IDA properties vacant
Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the IDA needs to have available properties to offer to prospective investors.
# something about mary
Enda Kenny defends appointment of Mary Mitchell O'Connor after public criticisms
The minister herself has said: “I don’t mind and I don’t care what people say about me.”
# High Court
Minister says gardaí can no longer be required to work without rest or meal breaks
At present gardaí are excluded from an EU working time directive which states that people working longer than six-hour shifts be granted rest and meal breaks.
# good news
A €500m investment yesterday and 300 jobs today - it's been a good week so far for Limerick
Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor welcomed the ‘significant announcement’.
# Fly me to the moon
Some very bright Irish people are set for placements with the European Space Agency
The numbers employed in the space industry here are set to double to over 1,000 according to the agency.
# job fairy
Huge boost for Ballinasloe and Dungarvan, with 260 jobs on the way
One minister said the creation of 100 jobs in Ballinasloe is “the equivalent of 1,000 jobs for Galway city”.
# Analysis
Why this TD WAS elected to break the law
Analysis: Paul Murphy has always been upfront about his intention to boycott water charges… and has encouraged others to follow suit.
# The Good Life
People were pretty offended by yesterday's Life cover
The magazine’s annual Christmas party was reportedly like a scene from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’…
# vaping on-air
Could e-cigarette ads like this showing smoking on air be coming to Irish TV?
Local sellers hope Ireland will follow the UK’s lead in featuring ‘vaping’ commercials on television.
# breastcheck
Free breast-cancer screenings will now be available for women up to the age of 69
The BreastCheck programme currently offers free screenings to those aged 50 to 65.
The problem of cyberbullying should have its own school subject - Principals
At both junior and senior cycle.
# Greatest love of all
This Fine Gael TD really misses the famous Dáil plinth
There’s a special bond between Mary Mitchell O’Connor and the famous Leinster House steps….
# Geography over gender
Here's how the junior minister reshuffle showed up Enda Kenny's women problem
Analysis: One male junior minister joked that he’d have to buy a dress given the lack of women – but it raises the question: why weren’t any female FG TDs promoted?
Throwback Thursday: Politics edition
From befriending Tom Cruise to stealing each other’s outfits, our politicians have done it all.
# Election 2014
This helpful video tells Fine Gael candidates how to behave on the doorstep
The party’s own candidates feature as typical voters in the video that was given to local election candidates at meetings around the country recently.
# plinth of shame
Mercedes-Bent: Stranded at the gates of Leinster House
At least Mary Mitchell O’Connor won’t feel so alone now.