Mary Banotti

Mary Elizabeth Banotti (born 26 May 1939) is an Irish former Fine Gael politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Dublin constituency from 1984 to 2004.

Mary Banotti
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 1984  24 May 2004
Personal details
Mary Elizabeth O'Mahony

(1939-05-26) 26 May 1939
Malahide, Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Fabio Bannotti
(m. 1967; div. 1987)
Alma materDublin City University
Board member ofInternational Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC); Vice Chair

Early life and education

Banotti was born in Malahide, Dublin in 1939. She is a sister of the former Minister Nora Owen and a grand-niece of the Irish political leader Michael Collins.


Following her education she worked as a nurse in North America, Europe and Africa,[1] 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 elections of 1983 and the Dublin Central by-election the same year.[2]


In 1984, she was elected to the European Parliament,[1] representing the Dublin constituency.[3] She retained her seat until her retirement at the 2004 European elections.[1] She was Fine Gael's candidate in the 1997 presidential election,[1] coming second to Fianna Fáil's Mary McAleese. In 1999, she also was the UNFPA's Goodwill Ambassador on reproductive health.[1]


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.[4][5][6]

She is also currently the Honorary President of Health First Europe, and a member of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' board.[1]


  1. "Board". IFES. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved Oct 16, 2009.
  2. "Dublin Central by-election, November 1983". Retrieved 2 October 2007.
  3. "Mary Banotti". Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. "ICMEC Board Members". Archived from the original on 2015-07-03.
  5. "The President of the European Parliament - Press Releases".
  6. "College scoops award".
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