The Republic of Ireland's 1st woman president, Mary Robinson, is applauded following her inauguration at Dublin Castle. Church bells and a 21-gun salute also marked the inauguration. Robinson, a Socialist-backed attorney who is married and is the mother of 3 children, becomes the 7th president in the history of the republic. She replaces Patrick Hillery, who has served for the past 17 years uncontested. The 46-year-old leader, who promised to represent "an open Ireland," is also the country's 1st president who has not come out of the conservative Fianna Fail Party. Robinson said her tenure would be marked by "local community empowerment. It is time for the small to start believing again that it is beautiful," she said.