Visnews filmed Dublin Eire, June 23 as President O'Kelly took the Seal of Office from the outgoing Premier Eamon de Valera and bestowed it upon the newly elected Prime Minister, Sean Lemass.
GV President of President of Ireland
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SV De Valera hands his seal of office to O'Kelly who turns and shakes hands with Lemass.
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Background: Visnews filmed Dublin Eire, June 23 as President O'Kelly took the Seal of Office from the outgoing Premier Eamon de Valera and bestowed it upon the newly elected Prime Minister, Sean Lemass.
The ceremony at the official residence of Eire's President followed the unanimous selection of Lemass at a meeting of the Fianna Fall party June 22, and his election as Taoiseach (Premier) in the Dail (Lower House) June 23 after a debate lasting four and a half hours.
Sixty-year-old Sean Lemass, former Minister for Industry and Commerce and, for years, most trusted lieutenant of de Valera (the new President of Eire), took part in the national struggle for independence when he was a boy of sixteen. He has held his ministerial post since 1932, apart from a short break at the beginning of the war when he was given the task of organising the temporary Ministry of Supplies, and two further breaks during the years since the war when de Valera's Fianna Fail was for a time in opposition.
Known as a man of strong will, Lemass is unlikely to tolerate serious opposition to his policies within the Government. His realistic approach to economic and political problems including Partition, Anglo-Irish relations and the Irish language - may not indefinitely secure him the support of all the members of his party. But observers are inclined to believe that, for a period immediately ahead, the Republic of Ireland will be led by a man whose ability and powers of leadership command the respect of his own people and also of many in other countries.