Work in Ireland
Representing the People of Ireland
The President represents the People of Ireland and is directly elected by the people. The President’s weekly engagements diary gives an idea of the extensive range of his activities and commitments.
In any one week the President in his Constitutional Role could be considering and signing legislation or warrants of appointment relating to members of the judiciary or officers of the Defence Forces, meeting with the Taoiseach, accepting the credentials of foreign Ambassadors, visiting any of the thirty two counties on the island of Ireland, going overseas on official business, speaking at a public event, delivering the opening address at a conference and/or considering representations received from members of the public and answering correspondence.
Speeches & remarks
The President of Ireland speaks at virtually every one of his public engagements. He either delivers a full speech or makes informal remarks. Through the written and spoken word the President articulates the vision and themes of his Presidency to the public and seeks to focus attention on the issues and problems that are important in our shared civic life. Through his speeches, the President can contribute to the public discourse and encourage new ideas for shaping Ireland’s future.
In House Events
The President regularly receives visitors to Áras an Uachtaráin. There are various formats for these engagements as follows:
A Tour & Meet: This is when a group of 50 or more come to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet the President. The group are welcomed by the President’s Aide-De-Camp (ADC) and brought to the State Reception Room. In the State Reception Room the ADC briefs the group on what to expect when they meet the President. The President meets the group in the State Reception Room, shaking hands individually with each guest. He then delivers informal remarks to the group after which they have a group photo with the President. The group is then invited to enjoy refreshments in the State Rooms and, schedule permitting, the President joins the group for an informal chat. Once refreshments are finished the President’s ADC brings the group on a tour of the historic State Rooms.
Courtesy Call: A courtesy call is arranged when groups of eight or less come to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet the President. The group is welcomed by the President’s Aide-De-Camp (ADC) and brought to the State Drawing Room. In the State Drawing Room the ADC briefs the group on what to expect when they meet the President. The President meets with the group in the State Drawing Room, shaking hands individually with each guest. Schedule permitting, the President then invites the group to join him for refreshments in the State Drawing Room.
Reception: Occasionally the President invites large groups to Áras an Uachtaráin for a reception. Receptions honour various types of people, organisations and/or achievements. At a reception guests are invited to join a receiving line in the Francini Corridor so that they have the opportunity to meet individually with the President and his wife, Sabina.
The President regularly travels throughout the island of Ireland. In any one week he could be in Cork, Clare, Limerick, Laois, Galway or Belfast. Explore the President’s public engagements by looking through his public engagements diary.