Talk:Mary McAleese

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Independent?[edit]

In 2004, McAleese was returned unopposed but that is surely quite a different thing to saying she is an independent. Did she resign her membership of Fianna Fáil? --RA (talk) 00:24, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

End of her term of office.[edit]

Since we've had several instances of the end date of her term of office being changed from 10th to 11th November, and back again, it may be worthwhile stating the correct constitutional situation. The transition from one president to the next is not direct, as it is in the US.

Article 12.7 of the Irish Constitution states: [1] "7. The first President shall enter upon his office as soon as may be after his election, and every subsequent President shall enter upon his office on the day following the expiration of the term of office of his predecessor or as soon as may be thereafter or, in the event of his predecessor’s removal from office, death, resignation, or permanent incapacity established as provided by section 3 hereof, as soon as may be after the election."

Thus President Higgins was inaugurated on the 11th November, but President McAleese's term of office expired at midnight on the 10th. In the interim, presidential authority is nominally held by the Presidential Commission, but the Commission has never been called upon to operate during a normal transition between presidents. -- Arwel Parry (talk) 00:47, 13 November 2011 (UTC)