Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, has warned that people are leaving the Catholic Church “in droves”, tired of “little old men” who continue to “beat the drum of obedience”. Mary McAleese was born in Belfast in 1951. The University of Glasgow is a registered Scottish charity: Registration Number SC004401. She was elected President of Ireland in 1997, and re-elected unopposed in 2004. Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast ... What Ireland's seven-day contact tracing system will look like. She was elected President of Ireland in 1997, and re-elected unopposed in 2004. Accessibility statement; Freedom of inform We were joined on the show by Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese. She was the second female president of Ireland. School of Critical Studies. Contact us; Legal. Read more: Former Irish president Mary McAleese brands Catholic Church “empire of misogyny” 5 Pope Benedict XVI meets U.S. In 1975 she was appointed Reid Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin, and in 1987 she became Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University Belfast. Mary Patricia McAleese (/ m æ k ə ˈ l iː s /; née Leneghan; Irish: Máire Pádraigín Mhic Ghiolla Íosa; born 27 June 1951) is an Irish politician who served as the eighth President of Ireland from November 1997 to November 2011. Mary McAleese was born in Belfast in 1951. In 1975 she was appointed Reid Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin, and in 1987 she became Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University Belfast.