Mary White (Fianna Fáil politician)

For other people named Mary White, see Mary White (disambiguation).
Mary White
In office
September 2002  April 2016
Constituency Industrial and Commercial Panel
Personal details
Born (1944-10-07) 7 October 1944
Dundalk, Louth, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Padraic White
Children 1
Alma mater University College Dublin,
Dublin Institute of Technology

Mary White (born 7 October 1944) is an Irish businesswoman and former Fianna Fáil politician. She was a member of Seanad Éireann on the Industrial and Commercial Panel from September 2002,[1] until April 2016 when she stood down.

Born in Dundalk in 1944, she is married to Padraic White, and they have one daughter. She has an Arts degree in Economics and Politics from University College Dublin and a Higher Diploma in Architectural Technology from the Dublin Institute of Technology. White co-founded Lir Chocolates in 1987.

She was first elected to the Seanad in 2002 and was re-elected in 2007 and in 2011.[2]

On 6 February 2008, White declared her candidacy to succeed Mary McAleese as President of Ireland. She was seeking the nomination of the Fianna Fáil party and was the first candidate to declare her intention to run.[3] In May 2011, she said that she would not be seeking a nomination.[4] She stood down at the April 2016 election, having failed to be elected to the Dáil in the February 2016 general election.[5]

In the Seanad she was the Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.


  1. "Mrs. Mary White". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  2. "Mary White". Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  3. "'Warrior' White seeks nomination for presidency". 6 February 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  4. "Pat Cox interested in running for Áras". RTÉ News. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  5. "Senator Mary White to run for Fianna Fáil in general election". Irish Times. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
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