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Michael D Higgins Michael D Higgins was elected as the Republic's ninth president last month.
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The Irish Republic's ninth president, Michael D Higgins, will be inaugurated at a ceremony in Dublin Castle on Friday.

The veteran politician will be sworn in for his seven-year term in front of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Chief Justice Susan Denham.

Mr Higgins takes over from Mary McAleese who said an emotional farewell on Thursday after 14 years in the role.

The new president's wife and children are expected to attend the ceremony.

Mr Higgins is expected at the state apartments in the castle before 12:00 GMT for a service of prayer attended by members of all major religions to mark the start of the ceremony.

As well as the blessing there will be a moment of reflection to mark the humanist philosophy and secular aspects of Irish life.
Formal signing

During his election campaign, Mr Higgins, 70, spoke about the need to be more inclusive and also suggested the Presidential Oath of Office could be modernised to support that idea.

The inauguration will see the Taoiseach request the Chief Justice read the Declaration of Office to Mr Higgins, followed by a formal signing in St Patrick's Hall.

After the ceremony is complete, the Presidential Standard, blue with a gold harp, will be hoisted above Dublin Castle and a 21-gun salute will be fired from the grounds of Collins Barracks a mile away.

The president will then be escorted to Aras an Uachtaráin, the president's home, by motorcycle outriders.

Mr Higgins follows President McAleese, widely praised and heralded for her two terms in office and her theme of building bridges with communities across the Republic and Northern Ireland.

In his election speech, the former Labour Party politician vowed to lead the country in a necessary change in thinking in society and away from values based on wealth.

Mr Higgins, who secured more than one million votes, said his seven-year term will be defined by efforts to turn inclusion into reality.

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