• Short Summary

    Eire's newly-elected President, 77-year-old Eamon de Valera, - formerly Prime Minister - was filmed June 25 by VISNEWS during the colourful presidential inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle, and later inspecting a guard of honour before driving in procession through Dublin's crowded streets to 'Aras an Uachtarain', the official Presidential residence in Phoenix Park.

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    Eire's newly-elected President, 77-year-old Eamon de Valera, - formerly Prime Minister - was filmed June 25 by VISNEWS during the colourful presidential inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle, and later inspecting a guard of honour before driving in procession through Dublin's crowded streets to 'Aras an Uachtarain', the official Presidential residence in Phoenix Park.

    Army officers in full-dress uniform lined the main staircase to St. Patrick's Hall as President de Valera arrived for the 25-minute ceremony. Six army trumpeters heralded his arrival. More than 350 people, including Government ministers, heads of diplomatic missions and leading church dignatories heard the veteran politician proclaimed President, and watched him sign the Declaration of Office.

    Prime Minister Sean Lemass (or the Taoiseach) recalled past glories when he saluted the new President's leadership in the civil war of 1916 which changed the course of Ireland's history.

    Despite failing sight, de Valera was by far the most commanding figure there. His wife, of a retiring nature, made one of her rare public appearances to honour the final triumph of her husband's political career.

    As a 21-gun salute thundered from nearby Collins Barracks, the Presidential standard was hoisted over the Castle and the official residence. After inspecting the guard of honour, the President drove in a long procession to Phoenix Park. From balconies and the streets, crowds cheered their beloved elder statesman.

    Unlike his predecessor, Sean O'Kelly, who resigned June 24, President de Valera does not intend to live in the white-pillared official residence at Phoenix Park. He will remain in his Dublin suburban villa at Blackrock.

    President de Valera (Fianna Fail) was elected June 19 with a majority of 120,576. He polled 538,058 votes to General MacEoin's (Fine Gael) 417,482.

    May 17 he resigned Premiership of Eire's Parliament - a post he held without a break from 1932 to 1948.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XDHWDS88KEP84KA6TAPFVCKB
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XDHWDS88KEP84KA6TAPFVCKB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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