Mary White (Green Party politician)
|Minister of State for Equality, Human Rights, and Integration|
23 March 2010 – 23 January 2011
|Preceded by||John Moloney|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Deputy Leader of the Green Party|
5 October 2001 – 11 June 2011
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Catherine Martin|
May 2007 – February 2011
|Born||Mary Alexandra White
24 November 1948
Bray, Wicklow, Ireland
|Political party||Green Party|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin|
Mary Alexandra White (born 24 November 1948) is a former Irish Green Party politician who served as Minister of State for Equality, Human Rights, and Integration from 2010 to 2011 and Deputy Leader of the Green Party from 2001 to 2011. She served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency from 2007 to 2011.
Early and personal life
White was born in County Wicklow, educated at the Ursuline Convent, Waterford and Trinity College, Dublin. At Trinity she was a founder member of the English Society and received a Pink (award) for sporting excellence. She is married to Robert White and has one daughter. They have lived in Borris, County Carlow since 1987. She has co-edited a book on walking in the Blackstairs Mountains with Joss Lynam and authored another, Environment, Mining and Politics. She is also a keen hill-walker, linguist and organic grower.
She was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1997 general election and 2002 general election but was elected to Carlow County Council at the 1999 local elections. She topped the poll in Borris, and was re-elected at the 2004 local elections, serving until 2007. She also ran for Seanad Éireann in 2002 but only received 35 votes.
In 2004 she was the Green Party candidate at the European Parliament election for the East constituency, replacing outgoing Green MEP Nuala Ahern. She secured 5.6% of the first preference vote but was not elected.
On 23 March 2010, following a cabinet reshuffle, she was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Law Reform, the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Equality and Human Rights, and Integration.
She resigned as Minister for State on 23 January 2011 when the Green Party withdrew from government.
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- "Mary White". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
- "Killeen, Carey promoted to cabinet". RTÉ News. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- "Green Party withdraws from government". RTÉ News. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
|Green Party Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny
|New office||Minister of State
for Equality and Human Rights, and Integration