Lawyer and politician who was the 8th President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. She was popular for her views on social equality and the first President of Ireland to have come from either Northern Ireland or Ulster.
She worked as a barrister and was named Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College, Dublin.
She succeeded Mary Robinson as President, thus making her the first female world leader to succeed another.
She married accountant and dentist, Martin McAleese in 1997.
Michael Higgins replaced her as President of Ireland in November 2011.