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The Constant President

President Mary McAleese with RTÉ's Aine Lawlor

Featuring interviews by Aine Lawlor, The Constant President follows Mary McAleese through the final year of her 14 year presidency.

The year began against the backdrop of massive economic upheaval, followed by political turmoil of an unprecedented scale.

Although the proposed visit of Queen Elizabeth II took many years to finally come to fruition, the visit in May proved to be a high point of a difficult year.

The programme looks at the culmination of President and Martin McAleese's many years of reaching out to the Loyalist community.

It also examines the crucial role Martin McAleese has played in his wife's presidency.

Filmed over the past year behind the scenes at Áras an Uachtarain and at a wide range of presidential engagements, from a state visit to Spain to the Ploughing Championships and many more, the programme gives a unique view of the Mary McAleese's relationship with the people of Ireland.

The Constant President
  • RTÉ One, Tuesday, 10.15pm