Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Inauguration

All time
# Petro Poroshenko
Ukraine's new 'Chocolate King' vows not to give up on Crimea
The billionaire ‘chocolate king’ also vowed to avert civil war, the possibility of which still looms in the south-east.
# call on me brother
Thousands of people sing 'Lean On Me' while stuck in a tunnel
They’ll help you carry on.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added ways to get sacked
The things we learned, loved and shared today…
# pope francis
In Pictures: Pope Francis' inauguration
In his address to the nearly 200,000 pilgrims the newly elected pope promised to embrace the “poorest, the weakest” of humanity.
# Vatican
LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass at the Vatican
Watch live proceedings from St Peter’s Square as Pope Francis formally commences his pontificate.
# pope francis
World leaders flock to Rome for Pope Francis' inauguration
City authorities are preparing for an influx of up to a million people to the city for the inaugural mass this morning.
# El Presidente
Chavez uses Twitter to announce his surprise return to Venezuela
Hugo Chavez has spent more than two months in Cuba for cancer surgery and treatment.
# Tús maith...
Barack Obama's approval rating hits three-year high
The inauguration seems to have given Obama a bit of a bounce – he is seen as ‘favourable’ by 60 per cent of voters.
# Gaga
Lady Gaga making a jazz album with Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga. Jazz. Tony Bennett. All together in the one room.
# Lip service
S'alright Beyonce, here's 6 other people who were caught miming
I don’t think you can handle this.
# oy bey
Some things to make you feel better about the Beyonce betrayal
Some dodgy outfits, Beyonce taking a spill, and a Kelly Clarkson burn…
# Inauguration
10 best memes from the 2013 Obama inauguration
Sasha and Malia, Bill Clinton, BEYONCÉ. The moments from the inauguration that went global.
# Inauguration
Bill Clinton photobombs Kelly Clarkson
Bill, you kidder.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added tips on building a rainbow igloo
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Inauguration
In full: The inaugural poem 'One Today'
The poem was written and performed by 44-year-old Richard Blanco.
# Inauguration
In full: Barack Obama's second Inauguration speech
Here’s the full text of the US President’s speech as he ceremonially began his second four-year term.
# Inauguration
Watch live: Barack Obama is inaugurated as US president for the second time
Barack Obama is being inaugurated for the second time – watch it live here.
# Inauguration
Inauguration gig organisers deny kicking rapper offstage for anti-Obama rant
Lupe Fiasco was asked to leave the stage after a 30 minute anti-war performance.
# Inauguration
10 ways we know Sasha Obama really runs the White House
They can’t fool us.
# Letter of note
In full: Micheál Martin’s letter to outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
The Fianna Fáil leader has written to the departing Clinton expressing his desire for her to return to public office as she is tipped for a presidential run in 2016.
# Inauguration
Pics, video: Washington gets ready for Obama inauguration
The US president was officially sworn-in for a second term yesterday but a public event will take place in Washington today.
Column: For Obama, this inauguration will be very different than the first
In January 2009, nearly two million people flocked to see the first African-American be sworn in as president – but, four years on, some promises have yet to be fulfilled. This term will present even more challenges, writes Larry Donnelly.
# Four more years
Barack Obama formally begins second term as US President
The second term always begins on January 20 – even though the ceremonial inauguration won’t take place until tomorrow.
# take two
Biden officially sworn in for second term as US vice-president
The vice-president took the oath with his hand on a family bible, in a small ceremony at the Naval Observatory.
Column: Who were the greatest and worst US presidents - and why?
On the eve of Obama’s second inauguration, Felix M Larkin looks at what it takes to be considered a great president – and why it matters.
# Inauguration
Obama to be sworn in for his second term today... and tomorrow
Tradition dictates that inauguration ceremonies are not held on Sundays but the US constitution says that a president must be sworn in on 20 January.
# Obama
Katy Perry, Usher and cast of Glee to sing Obama into a second term
Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Kally Clarkson are also lined up for the inauguration celebrations.
# France
In pictures: How to... become French president in 7 steps
Francois Hollande was sworn in as the seventh president of France’s Fifth Republic today. Here’s how it all unfolded…
# Putin
In photos: Putin inaugurated for third time amid Moscow protests
Vladimir Putin begins new presidential term by formally nominating his predecessor as prime minister – the post Putin just vacated.
# London Calling
London calling: Michael D plans first official trip as Irish President
During the visit, the Higgins’ will take a tour of the Olympic Park and see a production of Juno and the Paycock.
# Inauguration
In pictures: Presenting… President Michael D Higgins
The ninth President of Ireland in his finest ceremonial hour…
# President Higgins
In full: Taoiseach Enda Kenny's speech at Presidential inauguration
The full text of the address given by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the inauguration of Michael D Higgins as the ninth President of Ireland today.
# Inauguration
In full: The inaugural address of President Michael D Higgins
The full text of the address given by Michael D Higgins, the ninth President of Ireland, at Dublin Castle this afternoon.
The Presidential inauguration: as it happened
Join us as we liveblog the inauguration ceremony for Michael D Higgins, the soon-to-be ninth president of Ireland
# Presidential Poems
Presidential poems: will Michael D quote himself during inauguration speech?
Or will he follow in the footsteps of his American counterparts and invite another poet to the stage?
# Inauguration
GALLERY: Inauguration of Ireland's first poet-President... in 1938
Michael D isn’t the only poet to grace the Áras – Ireland’s very first President Douglas Hyde was a poet and defender of Irish cultural heritage. Here’s how his big day went in June 1938.
# Inauguration
Gun salutes, honour guards and fly pasts: today's inauguration ceremony has it all
Plus, a “colour party”, finger food and that new inauguration chair – we have all the details of today’s inauguration ceremony here.
# Inauguration
Two former taoisigh will not attend Higgins inauguration
Former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Albert Reynolds will not be present at the inauguration of Michael D Higgins at Dublin Castle tomorrow.