Mary Robinson, talking to John Bowman

    2nd - 5th of April, 10pm

    Mary Robinson talking to John Bowman Thursday 4 April 2013


    Mary Robinson talking to John Bowman

    Tonight, the Presidential years, 1990-97, Mary Robinson as Ireland's first woman president.


    Programme 3, Part 2

    More from Mary Robinson on the key events of her presidency and then her decision not to seek a second term as President and eventually leaving the ofice early to become UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.


    Programme 3, Part 1

    Mary Robinson on her first experience of Áras an Uachtaráin and defining the role of President of Ireland. She discusses some of the key events of her presidency, including her meeting with the Dalai Lama, her trip to Somalia and shaking the hand of Gerry Adams.

    About the Series

    Over the course of four nights, Mary Robinson talks to John Bowman in depth about her life and work- from her childhood in Ballina to school and college in Dublin, her work as a lawyer and senator, running for and winning the 1990 Presidential election and her most recent work in the UN and in her foundation for climate justice.

    The programmes also feature audio clips from the archives, some of which will be well known to audiences but also some less well known inserts from family, in particular Mary Robinson’s father, the late Dr. Aubrey Bourke.

    Mary Robinson, talking to John Bowman is produced by Aoife Nic Cormaic, with sound supervision by Barry Kavanagh.

    Mary Robinson’s memoir ‘Everybody Matters’ is published by Hodder and Stoughton.

    Mary Robinson, talking to John Bowman

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