McAleese leaves a remarkable legacy
Today President Mary McAleese moves out of Aras an Uachtarain for the last time ahead of tomorrow's inauguration of her successor Michael D Higgins. In her 14 years in office she has presided over remarkable changes, both good and bad, in this country.
The outstanding achievement of the McAleese presidency has been the improvement in North-South and British-Irish relations. Northern Ireland is now experiencing by far the most stable and peaceful period in its history while, after almost 90 years of independence, British-Irish relations have finally matured.
While many others can also claim some of the credit for these developments, there is little doubt that President McAleese and her husband Martin played a key role. Throughout her presidency the two of them have worked tirelessly to build bridges between North and South. The seeds planted by the couple will continue to bear fruit for generations to come.