Harney, Mary

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Born: Mar 11, 1953 AD
Currently alive, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: Irish
Categories: Politician


1953 - Born in Ballinasloe, County Galway on the 11th of March.

1976 - She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Studies and for a brief time was a secondary school teacher at Castleknock College in Dublin.

1977 - She came to the attention of Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch and stood unsuccessfully as a Fianna Fáil candidate in the general election.

1979 - Harney had her first electoral success when she was elected to Dublin County Council.

1981 - She was successfully elected to the Dáil in the general election for Dublin South West.

1985 - She was expelled from the party after voting in favour of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

         - She was expelled from the party after voting in favour of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

1989 - The Progressive Democrats entered into a coalition government with Haughey's Fianna Fáil party.

1992 - She served in this position until the party withdrew from government.

1993 - In February, Harney was appointed deputy-leader of the Progressive Democrats, becoming party leader in October of that year.

1997 - General election and lengthy negotiations the Progressive Democrats entered into coalition government with Fianna Fáil.

2001 - In December, Harney used a Government plane which was 50% funded by the European Commission to travel to County Leitrim to open a friend's off-licence in Manorhamilton.

2002 - General election Harney led the Progressive Democrats.

2006 - In March, 16 months after she took office as health minister, the INO claimed that a record number of 455 people were waiting on hospital trolleys on one day

         - In May, the Irish Nurses Organisation unanimously passed a motion of no confidence in Mary Harney.

         - In July, Ireland on Sunday reported that Mary Harney's mother, Mrs Sarah Harney, jumped a queue of two emergency cases to receive hip surgery at The Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght.

         - On the 7th of September, Mary Harney announced that she was resigning as leader of the Progressive Democrats and that she would remain leader until a successor was chosen.






















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