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President of Ireland


Michael D. HigginsMichael D. Higgins

Date of Birth: 18 April 1941
Birth Place: Limerick, Ireland
Political Party: Independent
Arrival in Power: 11 November 2011
Religion: NA
Profession: NA

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Michael D. Higgins was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1941. He is the current President of Ireland. He studied at University College Galway, Indiana University and Manchester University. He first ran for office in 1969 for the Labour Party but was unsuccessful in his bid, he ran again in 1973 without better fortunes. He would spend the next decades until his presidency involved in Irish politics on several levels and serving in several ministerial posts. He won the 2011 presidential elections and was sworn in on November 11th 2011.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_D._Higgins

Updated on: February 23, 2012

 

 

Prime Minister of Ireland


Enda KennyEnda Kenny

Date of Birth: 24 April 1951
Birth Place: Castlebar, Ireland
Political Party: Fine Gael
Arrival in Power: 9 March 2011
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: NA

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Enda Kenny was born in Castlebar, Ireland, in 1951. He is the current Prime Minister or 'Taoiseach' of Ireland. He studied at the University College Galway. He joined politics in 1975 when he was first elected to parliament. He is currently the longest serving member in the Irish Parliament. He served as Minister for Tourism and Trade when his party formed the government from 1994 to 1997. His party was able to form a coalition government following the 2011 general elections.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enda_Kenny

Updated on: February 25, 2012

 

 

Former President of Ireland


Mary McAleeseMary McAleese

Date of Birth: 27 June 1951
Birth Place: Belfast, United Kingdom
Political Party: Fianna Fail
Arrival in Power: 11 November 1997
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: Barrister, Journalist

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Mary McAleese was born in Belfast, United Kingdom, in 1951. She is the current President of Ireland. She obtained a degree in law. Before becoming president she was a University lecturer and a journalist. She ran in the 1997 presidential elections and won, and she was easily re-elected in 2004.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_McAleese

Updated on: December 21, 2011

 

 

Former Prime Minister of Ireland


Brian CowenBrian Cowen

Date of Birth: 10 January 1960
Birth Place: Clara, Ireland
Political Party: Fianna Fail
Arrival in Power: 7 May 2008
Religion: NA
Profession: NA

Biography:


Brian Cowen was born in Clara, Ireland, in 1960. He is the current Prime Minister or 'Taoiseach' of Ireland. He studied at the University College Dublin and obtained a law degree. He joined politics in 1984 when he was first elected to parliament. He then held several ministerial positions througout his career, including Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Finance. He was named prime minister in 2008.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Cowen

Updated on: December 21, 2011