Michael Mills
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"Michael Mills" was an Irish people/Irish journalist who served as Ireland's first Ombudsman for two terms beginning in 1984. He retired from the office in 1994.

Mills grew up in Mountmellick, County Laois. He initially trained to become a Passionists/Passionist Roman Catholic priest/priest. However, he abandoned that calling after catching tuberculosis in order to take a junior reporter job with the People newspaper group in Wexford. He turned journalism into a full-time career and worked from 1964 as a reporter for The Irish Press for over twenty years.

When he corrected a mistake in a Dáil speech by Éamon de Valera he was not allowed to report again from the Dáil for seven years. Instead, he practiced drama criticism. Then he was appointed by De Valera's son, Vivion de Valera/Vivion, as political correspondent of the newspaper, and went on to become its Political Editor.

Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald appointed Mills as Ireland's first Ombudsman in 1984. During his two terms in office, Mills investigated complaints from the public about local authorities, government departments and health Board (Ireland)/health boards. He retired in 1994 at the age of 67.

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