The highs and lows of a 14-year presidency
•November 1997: Inauguration as the eighth President of Ireland.
•December 1997: President takes communion at a Church of Ireland service, contrary to canon law.
•July 1998: President celebrates the Twelfth of July at Aras an Uachtarain.
•November 1998: She meets Queen Elizabeth for the first time, when they unveil a tower at Messines in Belgium in memory of Irish World War One dead.
•December 1999: President makes an address to a joint sitting of the Houses of the Oireachtas.
•September 2001: President makes unscripted response to the September 11 attacks, capturing the public mood.
•June 2003: She opens the Special Olympics World Games, "a time when Ireland was at its superb best".
•October 2003: President leads largest-ever Irish trade delegation to China.
•November 2004: President re-inaugurated for second seven-year term.
•December 2004: President calls Council of State and refers nursing home charges legislation to the Supreme Court, which strikes it down.
•January 2005: President has to apologise after claiming Northern children were taught to hate Catholics in the same way Nazis despised Jews.
•October 2008: President volunteers to take a pay cut as the economic crisis hits.
•September 2010: During trip to Russia, President criticises lawyers, economists, and regulators for their role in the crisis.
•May 2011: President hosts an official and historic state visit by Queen Elizabeth, the first by a British monarch in 100 years.