FOREWORD me in my various initiatives and events. I very much appreciate the services of Government Departments, State bodies such as the Office of Public Works, An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The extent of this support is illustrated in this report.
This review provides comprehensive detail of the programme of work I have undertaken as Uachtarán na hÉireann in the period since my inauguration on 11 November 2011 until the end of the term, on 10 November 2018. It provides an accessible overview of many of the highlights of the past seven years and a brief summary of the rationale behind the many events that I have hosted and the hundreds of organisations that I have invited to the home of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, as a mark of our nation’s appreciation for the valuable work they do.
May I thank all those people and organisations that have played a part in the events and initiatives described in this report, and may I thank the people of Ireland for the trust they have placed in me during my first term as President of Ireland.
In publishing this review, my hope is to contribute to greater transparency and a fuller understanding of the work of the President of Ireland. While the role and powers of the President are described in the Constitution of Ireland, Bunreacht na hÉireann, and many of the arrangements that apply to the Office are set out in detail in legislation, this report sets the context for many of the events that have taken place at Áras an Uachtaráin, and gives some of the background to my activities around Ireland and further afield. Over the past seven years I have aspired to use the Office of the Presidency to stimulate and shape a national discussion on the challenges we are facing - challenges at individual, local, national and global level. Through my public and private engagements, I have strived to encourage and facilitate public debate on a wide range of issues, supporting and promoting shared spaces for the people of Ireland to engage with, and transform, the forces that are shaping our society. In this work, I have been supported not just by the staff in my own Office and at Áras an Uachtaráin, but also by the many organisations that have worked with
THE PRESIDENCY IN REVIEW 2011 - 2018
'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...
Published on Dec 13, 2018