|President O'Dalaigh center with Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave left.|
O'Dalaigh was a barrister by profession who had served as Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court from 1961- 1973. The Fine Gael /Labour coalition government did not oppose the nomination and Mr O'Dalaigh was elected unopposed on a joint party agreement.
|President O' Dalaigh shakes hands with Chief Justice O'Higgins after being sworn in.|
He resigned in controversial circumstances in October 1976 after the Minister for Defence publicly criticised his action in referring an emergency powers bill to the Supreme Court to test its constitutionality.
|An elderly Eamon DeValera pictured at the inauguration.|
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