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Mary Butler TD Will Visit Emmetsburg For St. Pat’s

March 5, 2019
Emmetsburg News

Mary Butler TD will be in Emmetsburg to celebrate St. Patricks' Day. The Irish parliamentarian will arrive in Des Moines on Tuesday, March 12. She will visit with Legislators at the Iowa Statehouse before traveling to Emmetsburg on Wednesday, March 13.

As a guest of the St. Patrick's Association, Mary will attend the St. Pat's Headquarters Open House on Thursday, March 14, at the Chamber Coffee at St. Pat's Hedquarters on Friday, March 15. She will ride in the St.Pat's Parade on Saturday, March 16.

In addition, the visiting Irish dignitary will tour schools and industries in the community during her stay.

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VISITING DIGNITARY -- Mary Butler, TD will visit Emmetsburg for the St. Patrick’s Celebration. She will arrive in Emmetsburg on March 13. --submitted photo

Mary Butler says, "Having been a community activist all my life and a lifelong member of Fianna Fill, in 2014 I successfully contested the Local elections in the Comeragh area and won a seat."

She served as a Councillor for two years and enjoyed her role as a public representative.

In 2016 after securing the nomination from the Fianna Fil party in Waterford Mary contested the general election.

"I was delighted and humbled to receive 10,603 votes, topping the poll and being elected on the first count,"?she said. "I also had the honour of being the first female Fianna Fil TD to be elected for the party since 2007."

Mary Butler has a strong grounding in the retail sector, having worked as both an employee and an employer. She successfully ran the family business a grocery shop in Portlaw for 17 years and continued her career working in John Martin Jewellers in Waterford City for 10 years.

"I was honoured to be asked to Chair the Oireachtas Committee on Business Enterprise and Innovation,"?Mary said. "This committee scrutinizes many pieces of very important legislation and has produced many reports in relation to the cost of doing business, Brexit and apprenticeships among others. I feel that my practical experience in retail gives me strong grounding for this role."

Mary is the Fianna Fail Spokesperson for Older People and Health Promotion.This is an area Mary is passionate about.

"I work closely with the Alzheimers Society, Age Action, Nursing Homes Ireland and the Carers Association as well as many others. I also Chair the All Party Oireachtas Group on Dementia raising awareness for people with memory difficulties as they grow older."

Mary has produced several pieces of legislation in relation to Fair Deal and Mandatory Sentencing for Crimes against Older People which are currently progressing through the Oireachtas.

Married to Mick, the couple has three children.

"I am lucky to have a great family support network," Mary said. "Having constituency offices in Waterford City and Dungarvan, I believe in repre- senting all of my constituents in Waterford City and County to the best of my ability."



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