The organizers had not been given any reason for the decision. [66][67], The President turned down an invitation to be Grand Marshal at the 250th St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City planned for 2011. On 27 January 2005, following her attendance at the ceremony commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, she created friction by referring to the way some Protestant children in Northern Ireland had been raised to hate Catholics, just as European children "for generations, for centuries" were encouraged to hate Jews. Martin McAleese (born 24 March 1951) is an Irish politician, dentist and accountant who has served as the Chancellor of Dublin City University since August 2011. John Hume, pictured in 2014 with his wife Pat. She went on to say "And when they make the discovery, and it is a discovery and not a decision, when they make the discovery, that they are gay, when they are 14, 15 or 16, an internal conflict of absolutely appalling proportions opens up". "His remarks were utterly inappropriate and unwelcome," she said. [4] On both occasions she was elected as an independent, although she was previously a member of Fianna Fáil. She was the second [4][5] In August 2011, he was appointed the Chancellor of Dublin City University, taking over from David Byrne. [40], McAleese's initial seven-year term of office ended in November 2004, but she stood for a second term in the 2004 presidential election. [76][77] While there she met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. [105], On the ordination of women, McAleese said "I believe that women should be ordained, I believe the theology on which that is based is pure codology. We are also told that mother-of-the-bride Mary looked ‘absolute stunning’ at the nuptials where she was joined her husband Martin. Viewers of the Late Late Show have praised former President of Ireland Mary McAleese after she delivered a heartbreaking account of the tragedy that took place on the day of her wedding. The Belfast woman married her husband Martin in 1976, on the same morning that two of the couple’s best friends had been shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries before being set alight. On 22 February L'Arche announcing that after receiving credible complaints that Vanier had sexually abused at least six women.[118]. McAleese said that being gay was "not a choice but a discovery". [51] A reception held in her honour was attended by Ed Begley, Jr. and Fionnula Flanagan. [131], In 2017, McAleese described Brexit as like "pulling a tooth with 10,000 roots". [129], In August 2018 McAleese was awarded the Vanguard Award at the GAZE LGBT Festival in Dublin. McAleese won the presidency with 45.2% of first preference votes. In 1975, McAleese and David Norris founded the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform. She said "I am heart sorry to see the UK go, to leave the EU, things will not be the same. [100], In 2012, McAleese published "Quo Vadis? McAleese was critical of the Provisional IRA, but believed it was important to hear their side of the story; she opposed the Harris faction's support for Section 31, which she believed was an attack on free speech. McAleese described the theme of her presidency as "building bridges". [57] On 22 May 2010, she delivered the keynote address at Fordham University's 165th Commencement. McAleese married Mary Leneghan in 1976. She said that when the research is broken down, it shows that young gay men are one of the most risk-prone groups in Ireland. She said that Northern Ireland will be the only part of the UK that will share a land border with an EU state post-Brexit and she feared that checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would be an inevitable consequence of the UK leaving EU. She also highlighted the problems in Ireland of suicide among young males. She met with Vice President of China Xi Jinping and the pair spoke for 35 minutes over lunch. [7][8] His findings have been criticised by some survivors and researchers from the Magdalene Names project. Within weeks of this she made her first official overseas trip to Lebanon.[38]. [133], On 29 March 2019, McAleese addressed the Brexit Institute at DCU. She also incurred some criticism from some of the Irish Catholic hierarchy by taking communion in an Anglican (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, in Dublin, on 7 December 1997, although 78 percent of Irish people approved of her action in a following opinion poll. [80], McAleese left office on 10 November 2011, she was succeeded by Michael D. Higgins, who was elected in the presidential election held on 27 October 2011. [82] She performed her last official public engagement at a hostel for homeless men in Dublin in the morning and spent the afternoon moving out of Áras an Uachtaráin. During the same decade she was legal advisor to and a founding member of the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform. McAleese was questioned by Professor Robert J Geisinger S.J. And that's the question they have not answered. [96], On 1 November 2019, McAleese was elected as Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. The defence was conducted in Italian. She opened the Bloom Festival, Ireland's largest gardening show, on 3 June 2010, acknowledging an improved interest in gardening in Ireland, particularly among younger people. [92] In 2014, McAleese was appointed Distinguished Professor in Irish Studies at St Mary's University, Twickenham[93] In 2015, McAleese was visiting fellow at the University of Notre Dame, USA. [108] Irish born Cardinal Kevin Farrell and Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life banned McAleese from speaking in the Vatican. 2) Bill, 2001, This page was last edited on 29 November 2020, at 13:53. McAleese said many of these young men will have gone to Catholic schools and they will have heard there their church's attitude to homosexuality. Former President Mary McAleese and her husband, Martin, will be patrons of the foundation. In a 2008 biography McAleese explained that she first became aware of the plight of gay people as a student in San Francisco in the early 1970s. She was 21 and studying law at Queen's University Belfast. [121], In 2010, McAleese signed the Civil Partnership Act 2010 into law. 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