Mary Harney served as Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) from 1997 to 2006 and Minister for Health from 2004 to 2011 in Ireland.
After retiring from politics in 2011, Mary Harney moved into the private sector and she is now the director of a number of private companies in pharmaceutical, healthcare, technology and financial services sectors. She was the youngest member of the Senate and the longest-serving female member of Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament).
Mary Harney was also the first woman leader of an Irish political party. She is also currently Chancellor of University of Limerick.