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President of Ireland

President of Ireland
InsigniaFlag President of Ireland.svg
InsigniacaptionIrish Presidential Standard
NativenameUachtarán na hÉireann
IncumbentMary McAleese
Incumbentsince11 November 1997
ResidenceÁras an Uachtaráin
StylePresident (Uachtarán), or
Your Excellency (A Soilse)
TermlengthSeven years, renewable once
Formation25 June 1938
InauguralDouglas Hyde

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The President of Ireland ( -gaˈuəxt̪ˠəɾˠɑːn̪ˠ n̪ˠə ˈheːɾʲən̪ˠ) is the head of state of Ireland. The President is usually directly elected by the people for seven years, and can be elected for a maximum of two terms. The presidency is largely a ceremonial office, but the President does exercise certain limited powers with absolute discretion. The President's official residence is Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin. The office was established by the Constitution of Ireland in 1937, and became internationally recognised as head of state in 1949 following the coming into force of the Republic of Ireland Act.

The current president is Mary McAleese, who took office on 11 November 1997.

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