Mary Robinson bids her final farewell as the seventh President of Ireland.

In July 1997 Mary Robinson announced her intention to resign as President of Ireland before her term ended in order to take up the role of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. 

In a simple ceremony held in the state reception room at Áras an Uachtaráin, Mrs Robinson signed the formal document of resignation, her final act as Uachtarán na hÉireann.

Mary Robinson took the opportunity,

To thank the people of Ireland, who voted for me, trusted me and honoured me in November of 1990 to become the seventh president of Ireland, it is the greatest honour anyone can have.

She also thanked all the people who had written to her to express their appreciation of her term as President and to wish her well in the future. She also expressed gratitude to her husband Nick and to her family.

Shortly before one o'clock, the President and her husband removed the light from the kitchen window of the Áras that had been a powerful symbol throughout her presidency.

As she departed Áras an Uachtaráin for the last time the presidential standard was lowered. Mrs Robinson's car briefly stopped at the gates of the Áras where she received a final thank you from waiting members of the public.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern paid tribute to Mrs Robinson saying since her election in 1990, she had done an excellent job as President.

She’s created a whole new definition of the presidency.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 September 1997. The reporter is Charlie Bird.