Thursday 15 November 2018

Behind a great woman in the Aras, there's a dynamic, hard-working man

Ray Mac Manais

WHO was the first to think seriously of Mary McAleese as President of Ireland? Many people claim this distinction, and more say the thought ran through their minds on March 12, 1997 when Mary Robinson announced her resignation from the presidency.

Dr Maria Moloney, a school friend of Mary's and sister of the influential Belfast solicitor Denis Moloney, rang her brother the following morning with the prophetic words: "I have no doubt that Mary McAleese will be the next President of Ireland."

Martin McAleese maintains he thought of her as a possible candidate when the Labour Party originally proposed Mary Robinson back in 1990. Harry Casey says he thought the same thing on the same day: "There's a president in Mary McAleese."

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