Centre to focus on scholarly research and education in fields of human rights and women’s leadership.
Sligo News File Online.
Mayo is finalising plans for the construction of a major €7.5 million
library to house the presidential archive of former President and
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary
Robinson, a native of Ballina.
The library, located in the house, overlooking the River Moy, at
Emmet Street in which she was born, will form the centrepiece for
the new centre, and house her vast collection of books and periodicals, her personal diaries, working files and records of her career as a champion of human rights and women’s equality.
Planning permission for the development is being sought under a
Part 8 local authority provision. The proposal includes the
refurbishment and restoration of Mrs. Robinson’s family home,
and construction of a three-storey annex to accommodate the
Mrs. Robinson was the first woman President of Ireland, and later
served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. She founded and served as President of Realising Rights: The Ethical Globalisation Initiative (2002 to 2010)
The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US President Obama, she is a member of the Elders, former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and a member of the Club of Madrid.
Currently, she serves as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation
– Climate Change. She has been UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Change since July 2014.
The redevelopment of the house, a protected 19th century Georgian structure, is expected to take 18 months. It is set to open to the public in late 2016 or 2017.