Mary McAleese (1951- ) was the 8th President of the Republic of Ireland. She took office on 12 November 1997 and has always been in favour of the full reunification of Ireland, standing in the eyes of her peers as a conservative with unshakeable convictions.
In her late teens, she decided to study law in Belfast, where she graduated with flying colours and took a keen interest in criminology. She was then offered a teaching post at Trinity College in 1975.
Over the past few years, McAleese has been committed to the disabled and advocating for greater equity for the disabled. In 1987, his talent earned him the position of Director of the Professional Institute of Legal Studies, a leading university where Northern Irish lawyers are trained.
Since then, Mary McAleese has been very popular and highly regarded for her ongoing commitment to Northern Irish Catholic families. She ran for the Fianna Fáil party and was subsequently elected President of the Republic of Ireland in 1997.
Since then, Mary McAleese has had the opportunity to serve a second term, in 2004, which will end in 2011.