In 1997, Mary Robinson announced that she would resign from her office as President of Ireland on 12 September.

Mary Robinson was elected Ireland's first female president in 1990 and had almost completed her seven-year term.

This News report is from a press conference held by Mary Robinson and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

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

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 July 1997.  The reporter is Charlie Bird.