President Of Ireland. One ancestor was a leading activist in the Irish National Land League in Mayo and the Irish Republican Brotherhood; an uncle, Sir Paget John Bourke, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II after a career as a judge in the Colonial Service; while another relative was a Roman Catholicnun. Born Mary Therese Winifred Bourke in Ballina, County Mayo in 1944, Mary Robinson was the daughter of two medical doctors. Like Robinson he had made liberal policy reforms. Mary Robinson, née Mary Teresa Winifred Bourke, (born May 21, 1944, Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland), Irish lawyer, politician, and diplomat who served as president of Ireland (1990–97), the first woman to hold that post. She signed the Yogyakarta Principles in meeting of International Commission of Jurist and from 2008 to 2010 she was the predident of the International Commission of Jurists. Robinson said that because her mother assumed she would be the only girl in her family, "she gave … One year later she agreed to become the first Labour candidate for the presidency and the first woman candidate in what was only the second presidential election to be contested by three candidates since 1945. 10 Facts about Mary Robinson. The founding members of this group also include Graça Machel, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Li Zhaoxing, Mary Robinson and Muhammad Yunus. Robinson now became President. Robinson was a popular president, before he died in 2002 Brian Lenihan said that she was a better president than he ever could have been. Archbishop Tutu will serve as the Chair of The Elders. Robinson's posting as High Commissioner ended in 2002. COPYRIGHT © 2020. She was also on several Senate/Oireachtas committees: In 1982, the Labour Party entered into a coalition government with Fine Gael. On 18 July 2007 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, his wife Graça Machel, and Desmond Tutu convened a group of world leaders to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and honesty to tackle some of the world's toughest problems. Robinson decided not to seek re-election to the senate in 1989. The Bourke family has been in Mayo since the thirteenth century. People began to recognize him when he became a member of Irish Senate. Most were for Robinson. During her tenure she criticised the Irish system of permits for non-EU immigrants, and criticised the United States' use of capital punishment. One ancestor was a leading activist in the Irish National Land League in Mayo and the Irish Republican Brotherhood; an uncle, Sir Paget John Bourke, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II after a career as a judge in the Colonial Service; while another relative was a Roman Catholic nun. In 1971, as a Senator, Robinson attempted to introduce the first bill proposing to liberalise the law on contraception in Ireland and was sent hate mail and denounced for her efforts, 16. Bruton and Ahern both tried to get her the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. However the Government did not formally advise her not to meet with him, so she felt it would be wrong,not to meet the local member of parliament during her visit, and was photographed publicly shaking his hand. Mary Robinson founded the Imagine center for kids to provide what she didn't have after her father died. The Irish Post delivers all the latest Irish news to our online audience around the globe. Many expected Robinson to be the attorney-general, but the Labour party leader instead picked an unknown, new senior counsel called John Rogers. The party's third choice was the former civil rights campaigner Austin Currie, a new TD and former minister in Brian Faulkner's power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland from 1973-1974. The only question asked was whether Robinson would beat Currie and come second. Robinson was the first High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Tibet, making her trip in 1998. On one trip to Belfast she met with the local MP, Gerry Adams, the President of Sinn Féin. She often visited Britain, and became the first Irish president to visit Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.