Monday, November 12, 2007

Green for a Three-some

In relation to my last blog post, I wanted to share a bit of information I ran across in the late-nineties.

Did you know that in 1997—two years before Panama elected Mireya Moscoso as its president—three women vied in a run-off for Ireland’s presidency???

Yep. In 1997, five candidates ran for the post, four of them women. Due to Irish rules about winning percentages, three were forced to run off for the title. Those three candidates were: the Fianna Fáil party’s Mary McAleese; the Fine Gael party’s Mary Banotti; and the Independent Party’s Dana Rosemary Scallon.

In the run-off, McAleese won the presidency, a post she still occupies today.

Now, want to hear something just a bit stranger? McAleese is the second female to be elected Ireland’s head of state.

The first?

The woman she replaced, Mary Robinson.

Can you picture such a thing ever happening in the yee-haw, backwards ass U-S-of-A???


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