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Martin McAleese resigns from the Seanad

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Martin McAleese resigns from the Seanad

Martin McAleese resigns from the Seanad

Pictured: Dr Martin McAleese with his wife, former President Mary McAleese

Dr Martin McAleese has written to the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Eireann Paddy Burke informing him of his decision to formally resign his seat from Monday 4 February.

McAleese, who is married to former President Mary McAleese, was appointed to the Seanad by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in May 2011.

In his letter to the Cathaoirleach, McAleese said he had dedicated himself to two main projects during his time in the Seanad. “The first, chairing the inter-departmental committee’s investigation into State involvement with the Magdalene Laundries and the second, continuing the work of bridge building between North and South.”

He said the report on the Magdalene Laundries, which Minister for Justice Alan Shatter had asked him to undertake, has been completed after 18 months of intensive research and analysis and is shortly to be published. “It is my fervent hope that the report will be of real public service most especially to the women concerned,” he said.

“I am particularly grateful for the way in which the Seanad contributed to a number of bridge-building initiatives, most particularly its historic invitation to the Orange Order. The success of that ground- breaking initiative augurs well for the continued, steady consolidation of peace and good neighbourliness between those who share this island.”

Categories: Politics, Government