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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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No. Name Picture Entered Office Left Office Nominated by Election Notes
1. Douglas Hyde 25 June 1938 24 June 1945 All-party nomination 1938
2. Seán T. O'Kelly 25 June 1945 24 June 1959 Fianna Fáil 1945
3. Éamon de Valera 25 June 1959 24 June 1973 Fianna Fáil 1959
4. Erskine H. Childers 25 June 1973 17 November 1974 Fianna Fáil 1973 Died in office
5. Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh 19 December 1974 22 October 1976 All-party nomination 1974 Resigned
6. Patrick Hillery 3 December 1976 2 December 1990 Fianna Fáil 1976
7. Mary Robinson 3 December 1990 12 September 1997 Labour Party,
Workers' Party,
and Independents
1990 Resigned
8. Mary McAleese 11 November 1997 Incumbent Fianna Fáil / Independent 1997

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