Mary Elizabeth Banotti (born 29 May 1939) is an Irish former Fine Gael politician.
Early life and education [ edit ]
Mary O'Mahony was born in
Dublin. She is a sister of the former Cabinet Minister Nora Owen and a grand-niece of the Irish political leader and rebel Michael Collins.
Following her education she worked as a
nurse in North America, England, Italy and Africa before joining Irish Distillers as an [1 ] occupational health nurse and Industrial Welfare Officer in 1972. She is also divorced for many years from her Italian husband.
Between 1980 and 1984 she presented a weekly programme on social welfare rights and information on
RTÉ television. Banotti unsuccessfully contested the Seanad Éireann elections of 1983 and the Dublin Central by-election the same year. [2 ]
Politics [ edit ]
1984 she was elected to the European Parliament, representing Fine Gael in the [1 ] Dublin constituency. She retained her seat until her retirement at the 2004 European elections. She was [1 ] Fine Gael's candidate in the 1997 presidential election, coming second to [1 ] Fianna Fáil's Mary McAleese. In 1999, She also was the UNFPA's Goodwill Ambassador on reproductive health. [1 ]
Philanthropy [ edit ]
Banotti is a member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the
International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a global nonprofit organization that combats child sexual exploitation, child pornography, and child abduction. [3 ] [4 ] [5 ]
She is also currently the Honorary President of
Health First Europe, and a member of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' board. [1 ]
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