I hope that at the end of the seven years, people will say that I have been of some inspirational value to them at home in terms of inclusiveness and abroad, I look forward to representing Ireland.
Every age, after all, must have its own aisling and dream of a better, kinder, happier, shared world.
While the wider global environment is worrying, we are seeing some positive results in our economic affairs.
I'm happy with the vote and the support. I'm very glad that it is so decisive. It will enable me to be a president for all of the people.
I think the important thing now is to have a celebration and then with determination move into our common, shared, different future.
I want to say a very sincere thank you for this welcome home - it is a wonderful welcome home. It is the place to where I return and where I will always return because it is of Galway that I am.
We need to discuss the basis of a new form of trust built on a meaningful form of citizenship appropriate for a republic.
I have encountered on this long road an enthusiasm for an Irishness which will be built on recognising again those sources from which spring the best of our reason and curiosity.
I want to say to all of you that when I take my oath of office I will do my absolute best to use all of my abilities for all of the people of Ireland.
The presidency is an independent office and the Irish people whom I appreciate so much and I take with such responsibility have given a very clear mandate on a very clear set of ideas to me, as the ninth president.
I am delighted to be back home in Galway, the place I first came to as a 19-year-old in 1960. It's here where my heart is and will forever be.
The reconnection of society, economy and ethics is a project we cannot postpone.
Now it is time to turn to an older wisdom that, while respecting material comfort and security as a basic right of all, also recognises that many of the most valuable things in life cannot be measured.
The mandate I have received and for which I will speak with heart and head to implement over the next seven years had its four pillars - an inclusive citizenship, equality and participation and respect in a creative society creating an excellence in everything we Irish do.
The connection has been lost between the country's direction, especially with regard to the way in which the economy has been run, and the citizen.
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