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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fanfare for McAleese

n DUBLIN, Ireland -- To the echoes of cannon fire and the choreographed cheers of schoolchildren, the Irish Republic inaugurated a president Tuesday committed to building bridges with neighboring Northern Ireland.


In a festive Dublin Castle ceremony, Mary McAleese became Ireland's eighth president -- and the first from British-ruled Northern Ireland to fill the largely symbolic post.


"It is a wonderful privilege for me to be chosen ... to be a voice for Ireland at home and abroad," said McAleese, 46, a Belfast law professor and vice chancellor of Queen's University, who decisively won the Oct. 30 vote.