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Mary McAleese

Mary McAleese (born June 17, 1951) is the President of Ireland (1997- ).

President of Ireland
Term of Office:11 November 1997 - present
Number of Terms:1 to date
Predecessor:Mary Robinson
Successor: -
Husband:Martin McAleese
Profession:Pro-Vice Chancellor QUB[?],
Nominated by:Fianna Fáil
Other candidates:Fine Gael: Mary Banotti, MEP
Labour: Adi Roche
Independent - Dana Rosemary Scallon
Independent - Derek Nally
She succeeded Mary Robinson in November 1997. A Northern Ireland nationalist, she is a regular visitor to Northern Ireland, where she has been warmly welcomed by both communities. She is also an admirer of Queen Elizabeth II, whom she came to know when she was Pro-Vice Chancellor of Queens University in Belfast. She hopes to host a royal visit to Ireland during her term of office.

Her first term finishes in November 2004. She has given no indication as to whether she will seek a second term. Given the announcement of the Labour Party that it will run a candidate against her, and the interest expressed by a number of independent candidates, including potential independent candidate Kevin Lee, it would appear unlikely that she would want to seek a second term.

She is married to Martin McAleese. Her official residence is Áras an Uachtaráin, Phoenix Park, Dublin 7, Republic of Ireland.

Previously she was:

Preceded by:
Mary Robinson
Presidents of Ireland
Next Presidential election due in 2004

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