On this day in 1997 Mary Robinson announced that she would resign from her office as President of Ireland on 12 September. She had been elected Ireland's first female president in 1990 and had almost completed her seven-year term.

Charlie Bird reports for RTÉ News on 24 July 1997 from a press conference held by Mary Robinson and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

She is to take up a new role as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and is welcomed onboard by Kofi Annan, who says how excited they are to have her on their team.