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Mary Robinson addresses the Seanad on its role in her career

Watch live from the Seanad as former President Mary Robinson speaks about its role in her career as a human rights activist.

Dr Robinson’s address has now ended.

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FORMER PRESIDENT of Ireland, Mary Robinson, is today making an address to the Seanad on its role in her career as a Human Rights activist.

The address is the second time that the Seanad has used its prerogative to invite attendees from ‘persons in public and civil life’, a role it gave itself in July of this year.

Robinson won seven successive Seanad elections in the University of Dublin constituency, between 1969 and 1987, before being elected the seventh President of Ireland in 1990 – the first woman to hold the role.

In 1997 she stepped down from her role two months early, in order to take up her appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a role she held until 2002.

Her address is scheduled to begin at 11:45am.

Stream provided by HEAnet, Ireland’s National Education and Research network.

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