Name Mary Banotti
Party Fine Gael
Political party Fine Gael
Education Hunter College
Spouse Giovanni Banotti
Full Name Mary O'Mahony
Role Irish Politician
Children Tania Banotti
|Born 29 May 1939 (age 76)
Dublin, Ireland (1939-05-29) |
Relations Nora Owen (Sister), Michael Collins (Grand-Uncle)
Board member of International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC); Vice Chair
Mary Elizabeth Banotti (born 29 May 1939) is an Irish former Fine Gael politician.
Early life and education
Mary O'Mahony was born in Dublin. She is a sister of the former Cabinet Minister Nora Owen and a grand-niece of the Irish political leader and rebel Michael Collins.
Following her education she worked as a nurse in North America, England, Italy and Africa before joining Irish Distillers as an occupational health nurse and Industrial Welfare Officer in 1972. She is divorced for many years from her Italian husband.
Between 1980 and 1984 she presented a weekly programme on social welfare rights and information on RTÉ television. Banotti unsuccessfully contested the Seanad Éireann elections of 1983 and the Dublin Central by-election the same year.
In 1984 she was elected to the European Parliament, representing Fine Gael in the Dublin constituency. She retained her seat until her retirement at the 2004 European elections. She was Fine Gael's candidate in the 1997 presidential election, coming second to Fianna Fáil's Mary McAleese. In 1999, She also was the UNFPA's Goodwill Ambassador on reproductive health.
Banotti is a member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a global nonprofit organization that combats child sexual exploitation, child pornography, and child abduction.
She is also currently the Honorary President of Health First Europe, and a member of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' board.