Former President of Ireland Speaks at Mary Baldwin

September 28, 2005

“Believe in something and be willing to pay the price,” Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, told the hundreds gathered for the Smyth Leadership Lecture at Mary Baldwin September 27. “Steel yourself to take criticism and know that you are standing up for what you believe.”

Robinson, 61, was Ireland’s first female leader, serving as president from 1990 to 1997. She first made national headlines in Ireland when she was elected to the Irish Senate (Seanad