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Mary McAleese

Personal data
Date of birth27 June 1951(age 64)
Place of birthBelfast, Northern Ireland
Political partyIndependent (2004 present)
Other partyFianna Fáil (1987 2004)
SpouseMartin McAleese (1976 present)
Alma materQueen's University Belfast
Trinity College, Dublin
ReligionRoman Catholicism
8th President of Ireland
Assumed office11 November 1997
Preceded byMary Robinson

Mary McAleese

NameMary McAleese
DipstyleUachtarán, President
OffstyleUachtarán, President
AltstyleA Soilse, Her Excellency

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Mary Patricia McAleese (c-eniconmækəˈliːs; née Leneghan; , -gaˈmoɪrʲə ˈpɑːdriɡʲiːɲ vʲikʲ ˈjilə ˈiːᵊsə;

born 27 June 1951) is the eighth and current President of Ireland. Prior to becoming President she was a barrister, journalist and academic.

McAleese is Ireland's second female president. She was first elected president in 1997 and won a second term, without a contest, in 2004. Her birth in Belfast means that she is the first President to have come from both Northern Ireland and the Province of Ulster. She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders.

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