ON THIS DAY IN 1990, MARY THERESA WINIFRED ROBBINSON BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO BE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.

On this day in 1990, Mary Theresa Winifred Robbinson became the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland.

Robinson was inaugurated as the seventh President of Ireland on 3 December 1990.

She proved a remarkably popular President.

She took an office that had a reputation as being little more than a retirement position for prominent politicians and breathed new life into the role.

Robinson brought to the presidency legal knowledge, deep intellect, and political experience.

She reached out to the Irish diaspora.

She also changed the face of Anglo-Irish relations, becoming only the first serving Irish president to visit the United Kingdom and met with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

She in fact to date remains one of the most successful Presidents in the history of the Republic of Ireland.

 

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