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Trinity College Dublin (Stock picture)

Trinity College Dublin (Stock picture)

Trinity College Dublin (Stock picture)

With a salary of almost €200,000 a year and the best address in Dublin, at No 1 Grafton Street, the job of Provost of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is a coveted position - and for the first time since it was established in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, the job will go to a woman this year.

The declared contenders for the top job at Ireland's most internationally prestigious educational establishment, which will be decided by an academic election on Saturday, April 10 next, are all senior staff with international reputations. Already canvassing for the top job are Linda Doyle, dean of research, Linda Hogan, a former vice-provost, and historian Jane Ohlmeyer, who was the only female candidate in 2011 when Patrick Prendergast was elected Provost.

The Provost resides in the Provost's House on Grafton Street, but within the walls of the college. Dating back to the 1760s, the three-storey residence contains a private apartment as well as a range of drawing rooms and salons for entertaining guests.


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