This 9 March 2018 video from Ireland says about itself:
Mary McAleese grew up the eldest of nine children in a tumultuous time in Northern Ireland. Her family was forced to leave the area by Loyalists when The Troubles broke out. She was the first Irish President to come from Northern Ireland and the first woman to succeed another woman as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997 – 2011. An outspoken advocate on many issues concerned with justice, equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation it was no surprise the theme of her Presidency was ‘Building Bridges’.
Mary graduated in Law from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1973 and was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1974. In 1975 she was appointed Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin and in 1987 she returned to her Alma Mater, Queen’s, to become Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. In 1994, she became the first female Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Queen’s University of Belfast. In 2013 she received a master’s degree and licentiate in canon law of the Roman Gregorian University.
Translated from Belgian (Roman Catholic) daily De Standaard today:
‘Non-disclosure agreement‘ with Ireland
In 2003 the then number two man of the Vatican [just below Pope John Paul II], cardinal and secretary of state Angelo Sodano, tried to conclude a concordat with Ireland. By this agreement, all church archives would remain closed to the public and the Irish state. This said the former Irish president, Mary McAleese, last week. There were then two official investigations into sexual abuse [by priests in Ireland]. “I told him that was particularly inappropriate and that I wanted to stop that conversation right away”, McAleese revealed in the Irish Times. She called the incident the most ‘devastating moment’ in her term of office.
A top Vatican official has quit his post in the Roman Catholic Church two months after a former nun publicly accused him of sexual harassment.