Mary Lou is a TD for Dublin Central, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and the party’s Spokesperson on Public Expenditure & Reform. 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.
McDonald led both Sinn Féin campaigns against the Lisbon Treaty and was part of the Sinn Féin negotiating team who delivered the St. Andrew’s Agreement.
More recently she has been to the fore in challenging the Government on the excessive pay and pensions paid out across the top of the public sector. Her role on the Public Accounts Committee has seen her take on vested interests across the political spectrum ensuring real accountability for citizens. Her work on behalf of the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries and Bethany Home has been well recorded. Her Dáil work encompasses the broad spectrum of issues including gender and marriage equality. Mary Lou chair Sinn Féin’s Constitutional Convention Committee and represents the party at the Convention alongside her colleagues from the Dáil and Assembly.
Mary Lou and her husband Martin live locally and have two young children. She has a reputation for hard work, through her local constituency office and her involvement in local campaigns.
Educated in Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University she studied English Literature, European Integration Studies and Human Resource Management.
Mary Lou 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. Before being elected to the European Parliament she worked for the party in coordinating the work of Sinn Féin elected representatives across the island.
Name: Mary Lou McDonald TD
Constituency: Dublin Central
Portfolio: Deputy Leader, Public Expenditure and Reform
Oireachtas Committees: Public Accounts Committee, Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Committee
Twitter account: https://twitter.com/MaryLouMcDonald
Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/MaryLouMcDonaldTD
Website address: www.maryloumcdonald.ie
Constituency Office details/Clinic times: 60 Amiens Street, Dublin 1. Tel: 01 7277101. 58 Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, Dublin 7. Tel: 01 8683934. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact constituency office for clinic times.
Oireachtas contact details: Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 1 618 3230. Email: Marylou.email@example.com
Date completed: Wednesday, 03 April 2013