Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast
27th March: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Mary Harney: Perspectives on a Life in Politics
We are delighted to host this talk by one of Ireland’s most distinguished former politicians. Mary Harney was the first woman leader of an Irish political party (the Progressive Democrats) and the first woman to be Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister).
She also holds the distinction of being the youngest member of the Senate and the longest serving female member of the Irish Parliament – Dáil Éireann. Mary served as Minister for Environmental Protection during 1989-1992, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment from 1997 to 2004, and Minister for Health and Children from 2004 to 2011. In addition, she was twice selected as Irish Woman of the Year and was the President of the EU Council of Ministers during the Irish Presidency. Mary is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the European Board of Vital Voices – supporting women leaders worldwide. She is currently the Chancellor of the University of Limerick.