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The second in command in the Dublin Castle administration, the Chief Secretary for Ireland, also had his offices there.Over the years parliament and law courts met at the castle before moving to new purpose-built venues. "Castle Catholic" was a pejorative term for Catholics who were considered to be overly friendly with or supportive of the British administration.In 1884 officers at the Castle were at the centre of a sensational homosexual scandal incited by the Irish Nationalist politician William O'Brien through his newspaper United Ireland.In 1907 the Irish Crown Jewels were stolen from the Castle.
Sited to the south-east of Norman Dublin, the castle formed one corner of the outer perimeter of the city, using the River Poddle as a natural means of defence along two of its sides.
The castle today is a major tourist attraction and conferencing destination.
The building is also used for State dinners (the most recent being for Queen Elizabeth II in 2011) and most significantly, the inauguration of the presidents of Ireland.
Inaugurations of subsequent presidents took place there in 1945, 1952, 1959, 1966, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1983, 1990, 19.
President Erskine Hamilton Childers' lying-in-state took place there in November 1974, as did that of former President Éamon de Valera in September 1975.