Monday 22 January 2018

Mammoth task of moving out done in military style

THIS morning, for the final time, Mary and Martin McAleese pull back their bedroom curtains to admire the view of the rolling lawns and graceful trees in the grounds of Aras an Uachtarain.

For later today, after 14 years of living in the middle of the Phoenix Park, the President will move out of her public residence and begin her move back to the life of a private citizen.

But how does this move actually take place? Such a task is a mammoth one for any family, but surely quitting the Aras requires formidable logistics. For there is literally 24 hours between the outgoing President leaving, and the newly inaugurated one moving in -- Michael D Higgins will arrive at his new home straight after the ceremony in Dublin Castle tomorrow afternoon.

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