Mary Louise McDonald (born on 1 May 1969) is an Irish republican politician. She has been a Teachta Dála (TD) since 2011, currently for the Dublin Central constituency. She previously served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Dublin constituency constituency from 2004 to 2009. Originally a member of Fianna Fáil, she left the party in 1998. During this time she also served as Leas-Chathaoirleach (Vice-Chair) of the Irish National Congress republican organisation.
More recently, Mary Lou McDonald has been to the fore in challenging the Fine Gael/Labour 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.
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 and her husband Martin live locally and they have two young children. She has built a strong reputation for hard work through her local constituency offices and her involvement in local campaigns.
Mary Lou McDonald is married to Martin and they have two young children, Iseult and Gerard. She has a reputation for hard work, through her local constituency office and being part of important local campaigns – Save Cabra Services, DART underground, defending local services like the Sean McDermott Street pool and fighting for local jobs.
She also has the experience to take on the powerful vested interests who almost destroyed this country. She led the campaign against the Lisbon Treaty, represented the people of Dublin in the European Parliament and was part of Sinn Féin’s negotiating team in the peace process.
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.
Mary Lou McDonald 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.
– Mary Lou McDonald Biography and Profile