|8th President of Ireland|
11 November 1997 – 10 November 2011
|Preceded by||Mary Robinson|
|Succeeded by||Michael D. Higgins|
|Born||27 June 1951
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Independent (1997–2011)|
|Fianna Fáil (Before 1997)|
|Spouse(s)||Martin McAleese (m. 1976)|
|Alma mater||Queen's University Belfast
Trinity College, Dublin
Mary Patricia McAleese (born 27 June 1951) was the eighth President of the Republic of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. She was first elected president in 1997 and was re-elected to another seven years in 2004 through 2011. She was ranked the 55th most powerful woman in the world on a list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes, despite the ceremonial nature of the presidency.
She is the first President of Ireland to be born in Northern Ireland. She is also Ireland's second woman president, and the first in the world to succeed another woman.
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