October 31, 1927|
|Died||April 13, 2008
Mills grew up in Mountmellick, County Laois. He initially trained to become a Passionist priest. However, he abandoned that calling after catching tuberculosis  in order to take a junior reporter job with the People newspaper group in Wexford. He turned journalism into a full-time career and worked from 1964 as a reporter for The Irish Press for over twenty years.
When he corrected a mistake in a Dáil speech by Éamon de Valera he was not allowed to report again from the Dáil for seven years. Instead, he practiced drama criticism. Then he was appointed by De Valera's son, Vivion, as political correspondent of the newspaper, and went on to become its Political Editor.
Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald appointed Mills as Ireland's first Ombudsman in 1984. During his two terms in office, Mills investigated complaints from the public about local authorities, government departments and health boards. He retired in 1994 at the age of 67.
Tributes poured in from across Ireland on the news of his death. Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern called him a respected public servant and one of Ireland's finest journalists. Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly said that Mills laid the groundwork for the future and growth of the office she then occupied. Tributes were also paid by the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Children's Rights Alliance.
- Hurler on the Ditch: From Journalist to Ombudsman, memoir by Mills. Currach Press, 2005. ISBN 978-1856079198.
- "Former Ombudsman Michael Mills dies". RTE News. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
- "Michael Mills" (obituary), The Times, 2008-05-01.
- A life near the centre of power Irish Independent, 2005-12-10.
- "Michael Mills obituary", Irish Times, 2008-04-19.
- Mills digs gems from the Ditch Irish Independent, 2005-12-11.
- Pol corr gets his due Irish Independent, 2005-12-18.
- RTÉ Radio 1 Press Pack Week 33 (12 – 18 August), RTÉ Press Centre, 2006-08-12.