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List of Heads of State of Ireland (Differently)


The President of Ireland (Irish: Uachtarán na hÉireann) is the head of state of the Republic of Ireland and the supreme commander of the Irish Defence Forces.

Ireland is a presidential republic, with an elected executive president as head of state and chief of government. Although initially the title was Governor-General the title was changed to President when Ireland renounced their Commonwealth status in 2014. The President isn’t partisan but can be endorsed by a party although they shouldn’t be on the political spectrum rather bringing the best of all ideologies with them. The President is elected to a 6 year term and cannot be re-elected as per the 1965 amendment.

Governor-General (1922-2014)

Name Term Election Notes
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Michael Collins

(1890-1965)

December 6, 1922

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March 4, 1965 A

Appointed Independence hero. First and longest serving head of State. Assassinated.
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James Ryan

(1891-1970)

March 4, 1965

-

August 31, 1966

Elevated from Chancellor Oversaw the 1965 amendment. Established the National Healthcare Service.
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Chaim Herzog

(1918-1999)

August 31, 1966

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August 31, 1972

1966 First Ulsterian and Jewish. Nobel Peace Prize winner for helping quell differences in the Middle East with an great arbitration.
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Liam Cosgrave

(1920-2013)

August 31, 1972

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August 31, 1978

1972 Son of the First Chancellor. Improved the Education System and the Pension system.
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Patrick Hillery

(1923-2008)

August 31, 1978

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August 31, 1984

1978 First Governor-General to run unopposed.
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John Hume

(1937)

August 31, 1984

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August 31, 1990

1984 Second Ulster Governor-General. Nobel Peace Prize winner for helping ensure a smooth transition and write the Russian Constitution.
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Mary Robinson

(1944)

August 31, 1990

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August 31, 1996

1990 First Female Governor-General.
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Robert Redford

(1936)

August 31, 1996

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August 31, 2002

1996 Oversaw the end of the use of Irish Soil for tax purposes.
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Mary McAleese

(1951)

August 31, 2002

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August 31, 2008

2002 Second Female Governor-General and third Ulsterian. Oversaw the Civil Partnership act.
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Mark Kelly

(1964)

August 31, 2008

-

August 31, 2014

2008 Established the Irish National Space Station. Twin brother of Chancellor Scott Kelly. Last Governor-General, oversaw the end of the Dominion and Commonwealth era.

President (since 2014)

After 2014 decided to renounce the monarchy a referendum was held to rename the Head of State and Government. The title of President won with 77% on the account of its worldwide use.

Name Term Election Notes
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Pierce Brosnan

(1953)

August 31, 2014

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August 31, 2020

2014 First President. Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the release of International Students from Avizia.
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Arlene Foster

(1970)

August 31, 2020

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Incumbent

2020 First female President and first Ulsterian President.
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