Newly elected President of Ireland Mary Robinson leaves her family home in Ranelagh to move into Áras an Uachtaráin.

The presidential state car a vintage Rolls Royce arrived at the family home in Ranelagh this morning to take Mary Robinson and her family to their new home in the Phoenix Park.

Hundreds of neighbours and well wishers gathered to say farewell to Mary Robinson before she became President Robinson and moved to her new home at Áras an Uachtaráin.

All our prayers go with her.

The three Robinson children, Tessa, William and Aubrey left shortly before their parents. Some of Aubrey's classmates were there to wave to them off and admitted they were quite envious with one commenting,

He’s really lucky because he’s going to be going in a police car every day to school.

It was a poignant moment for Mary Robinson as she left the house where she and her family have lived for the past seven years to begin a new life as President of Ireland.

Mary Robinson and her husband Nick were driven by cavalcade led by the army’s presidential escort of honour.

The motorcade wound its way out onto the Sandford Road in Ranelagh and off to Dublin Castle and eventually the Phoenix Park. The street was lined with waving, cheering crowds. These were the last glimpses of Mary Robinson as a private citizen.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 December 1990. The reporter is Teresa Mannion.