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Mary McAleese

Personal data
Date of birth27 June 1951(age 63)
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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Seán Kelly rules out presidency bid - Irish Times Tweet this news
Irish Times--Fine Gael MEP and former GAA president Seán Kelly has ruled himself out of the race to succeed -Mary McAleese- as president. Mr Kelly this morning said it was a huge honour to have been asked to consider running in the election but that he w - Date : Thu, 02 Jun 2011 08:58:45 GMT+00:00
WikiLeaks: Mary McAleese's husband held secret talks with loyalists - Belfast Telegraph Tweet this news
Belfast Telegraph--Details of secret talks between President -Mary McAleese's- husband and loyalist paramilitaries were relayed to the White House, a leaked US embassy cable reveals. Ordinarily cables relating to the Northern Ireland peace process we - Date : Tue, 31 May 2011 22:01:03 GMT+00:00
President addresses freedom of religion - Irish Times Tweet this news
Irish Times--FEW FAITH systems come to the table of inter-religious debate with clean hands, unsullied by aggressive proselytism or contempt for another faith, said President -Mary McAleese-. The President made her remarks in an address last night at the - Date : Fri, 03 Jun 2011 23:32:39 GMT+00:00
President attending Chernobyl ceremony - Tweet this news McAleese is attending a ceremony in Dublin to honour those who have been involved in humanitarian aid projects in Chernobyl. President -Mary McAleese- is attending a ceremony at Farmleigh House in Dublin to honour Irish volunteers who ha - Date : Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:31:01 GMT+00:00
Preparations for Easter Rising anniversary - Tweet this news -Mary McAleese- and Taoiseach Enda Kenny are to attend the event. Traffic restrictions will be in place near O'Connell Street on Sunday morning. The ceremony marking the 1916 Rising takes place outside the GPO at noon. The ceremony - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:43:48 GMT+00:00
Dancing President still stepping out 55 years on - Irish Independent Tweet this news
Irish Independent--Below: President McAleese with Robert McAleese from Toronto, a distant cousin of her husband Martin. Martin Nolan/Colin Keegan AT the tender age of five, President -Mary McAleese- took her first steps into the world of Irish dancing. .. - Date : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 04:04:21 GMT+00:00
Future holds few fears for President's husband - Irish Independent Tweet this news
Irish Independent--By Majella O'Sullivan Margaret Brady (right) and Teresa O'Neill with President -Mary McAleese-, who was a guest of the Virginia Show Committee in Co Cavan yesterday. Left: Dr Martin McAleese (left) with Tom O'Mahony of Ac - Date : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 03:56:50 GMT+00:00
Dancing up a storm, Americans compete in Dublin - Irish Central Tweet this news
Irish Central--More than 4500 dancers will compete over the next seven days, and the event will also be graced by the Irish President -Mary McAleese- who will attend tomorrow's opening ceremony. With the prestigious competition returning to the Irish - Date : Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:20:44 GMT+00:00
MEP seeks presidential nomination - The Press Association Tweet this news
The Press Association--The politician said she intends to seek the nomination of her Fine Gael party to succeed President -Mary McAleese-. Making the announcement in Athy, Ms McGuiness said she was humbled that people would even consider her a candidate.- - Date : Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:15:00 GMT+00:00
Cut-price classical performance is music to our ears - Irish Independent Tweet this news
Irish Independent--The event, which will be attended by Feis Ceoil Patron President -Mary McAleese-, will also feature The Celtic Tenors. Tickets for the Gala Concert are available from or from the Feis Ceoil office at the RDS.--- - Date : Wed, 13 Apr 2011 04:03:33 GMT+00:00

Meetings :
No. Article Reserve power Subject Outcome
1. 1999 meeting Address to the Oireachtas The new millennium Address given
2. 2000 meeting Referral of bill to the Supreme Court Planning and Development Bill, 1999
Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Bill, 1999
Sections of both bills referred
(Both upheld)
3. 2002 meeting Referral of bill to the Supreme Court Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill, 2001 Bill not referred
4. 2004 meeting Referral of bill to the Supreme Court Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2004 Bill referred
(Struck down)
5. 2009 meeting Referral of bill to the Supreme Court Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009
Defamation Bill 2009
Bills not referred
6. 2010 meeting Referral of bill to the Supreme Court 2010 Signed without referral

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