Mary White (Green Party politician)

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Mary White
Mary White Green Party.jpg
Minister of State for Equality, Human Rights, and Integration
In office
23 March 2010 – 23 January 2011
Taoiseach Brian Cowen
Preceded by John Moloney
Succeeded by Office abolished
Deputy Leader of the Green Party
In office
5 October 2001 – 11 June 2011
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Catherine Martin
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
Constituency Carlow–Kilkenny
Personal details
Born Mary Alexandra White
(1948-11-24) 24 November 1948 (age 69)
Bray, Wicklow, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Green Party
Spouse(s) Robert White
Children 1
Education Ursuline Convent
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.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

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.

She was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election making her the first female TD elected for the Green party and for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency.[2]

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.[3]

She resigned as Minister for State on 23 January 2011 when the Green Party withdrew from government.[4]

She lost her seat at the 2011 general election.[2] She was subsequently replaced as Deputy Leader of the Green Party by Catherine Martin


  1. ^ "Ms. Mary White". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Mary White". Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Killeen, Carey promoted to cabinet". RTÉ News. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Green Party withdraws from government". RTÉ News. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
Preceded by
Séamus Pattison
(Labour Party)
Green Party Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny
Succeeded by
Ann Phelan
(Labour Party)
Political offices
New office Minister of State
for Equality and Human Rights, and Integration

Office abolished