The story of Mary Robinson is one that has always had justice, fairness, and equality at its core, and maybe it was this more than anything that saw her become the first woman president of Ireland in 1990.
The formation of the Republic of Ireland as an independent country is a long story.
One aspect of the Irish struggle for independence that rarely received enough mention in the history books is the role Irish women played in this struggle, and not just within the home but also in demonstrations, activism, unionization and, when all other avenues failed, radical militant action. The Easter Rising was carried forward on the brave actions of not just Ireland's men, but its women also.
It was Rosie Hackett herself who bragged that "it took four hundred policemen to take four women."
The Republic of Ireland owes a lot to its women heroes for their deeds, their passion and their resilience.