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#Council of State

# council-of-state - Sunday 29 December, 2019

Irish officials were worried European leaders would refuse to attend meetings in hotels 
# 1990
# 1990

Irish officials were worried European leaders would refuse to attend meetings in hotels 

Dec 29th 2019, 10:45 AM 25,165 Views 12 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs warned it could cost £2 million to hire private facilities for meetings during Ireland’s EC presidency.

# council-of-state - Thursday 5 December, 2019

Five men appear in court charged with conspiring to murder Hutch family member
# Patrick Hutch
# Patrick Hutch

Five men appear in court charged with conspiring to murder Hutch family member

Dec 5th 2019, 8:11 PM 11,772 Views 0 Comments

Each of the accused men are charged with taking various roles with the intention of helping with the murder of Patrick ‘Patsy’ Hutch.

# council-of-state - Thursday 4 April, 2019

Activist Sinéad Burke has been appointed to the Council of State
# Sinead Burke
# Sinead Burke

Activist Sinéad Burke has been appointed to the Council of State

Apr 4th 2019, 5:31 PM 27,085 Views 22 Comments

Sindy Joyce, the first Traveller in Ireland to graduate with a PhD, has also been appointed to the Council.

# council-of-state - Wednesday 30 December, 2015

After calling in help, President Higgins has signed 'rushed' new asylum laws
# Council Of State
# Council Of State

After calling in help, President Higgins has signed 'rushed' new asylum laws

Dec 30th 2015, 5:17 PM 14,021 Views 74 Comments

The Arás confirmed his decision in a brief statement today.

# council-of-state - Tuesday 29 December, 2015

There were some familiar faces at this morning's Council of State meeting
# Supreme Court
# Supreme Court

There were some familiar faces at this morning's Council of State meeting

Dec 29th 2015, 1:55 PM 24,517 Views 134 Comments

President Higgins called the meeting to discuss asylum laws that were ‘rushed’ through the Dáil.

# council-of-state - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

Michael D calls in Council of State over law that was rushed through the Dáil
# Article 26
# Article 26

Michael D calls in Council of State over law that was rushed through the Dáil

Dec 23rd 2015, 6:14 PM 31,888 Views 88 Comments

Michael D Higgins could now refer the International Protection Bill to the Supreme Court.

# council-of-state - Monday 29 December, 2014

Explainer: Why Michael D Higgins signed water charges into law
# Water Services Bill
# Water Services Bill

Explainer: Why Michael D Higgins signed water charges into law

Dec 29th 2014, 12:16 PM 23,598 Views 185 Comments

The president’s hands were essentially tied by the Constitution.

'I don't think the Government knows how serious this is'
# Water Bill
# Water Bill

'I don't think the Government knows how serious this is'

Dec 29th 2014, 7:15 AM 10,176 Views 45 Comments

Sinn Féin has hit out at Government for allowing the Water Services Bill to be signed into law.

# council-of-state - Sunday 28 December, 2014

President Michael D Higgins has signed the Water Services Bill
# It's Official
# It's Official

President Michael D Higgins has signed the Water Services Bill

Dec 28th 2014, 1:16 PM 36,536 Views 357 Comments

Water charges are now the law of the land.

# council-of-state - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

'A denial of people's rights': Sinn Féin wants a new junior minister for the diaspora
# Emigrants
# Emigrants

'A denial of people's rights': Sinn Féin wants a new junior minister for the diaspora

Mar 11th 2014, 1:37 PM 7,135 Views 153 Comments

Gerry Adams has called for a raft of changes to how Irish abroad are treated here.

# council-of-state - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Some welcome President passing abortion bill, others not so much
# Abortion Act
# Abortion Act

Some welcome President passing abortion bill, others not so much

Jul 30th 2013, 5:59 PM 8,840 Views 198 Comments

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore described it as a “key milestone”, while the Pro Life Campaign said it was a “very sad day”.

President signs Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law
# Abortion
# Abortion

President signs Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law

Jul 30th 2013, 12:14 PM 49,992 Views 443 Comments

The move came after the President convened a meeting of the Council of State to discuss the bill yesterday.

# council-of-state - Monday 29 July, 2013

In pics: President Michael D Higgins concludes meeting with the Council of State
# Abortion Bill
# Abortion Bill

In pics: President Michael D Higgins concludes meeting with the Council of State

Jul 29th 2013, 7:00 PM 12,427 Views 89 Comments

The President has not yet made an announcement on whether he’ll sign the the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law or refer it to the Supreme Court.

Tánaiste will swear oath ‘in the presence of Almighty God’ despite being agnostic
# Council Of State
# Council Of State

Tánaiste will swear oath ‘in the presence of Almighty God’ despite being agnostic

Jul 29th 2013, 7:30 AM 12,360 Views 145 Comments

Eamon Gilmore will take the oath required of all members of the Council of State today despite being agnostic and lobbying from Atheist Ireland.

So what happened when the Council of State was convened in the past?
# History Lesson
# History Lesson

So what happened when the Council of State was convened in the past?

Jul 29th 2013, 7:15 AM 7,304 Views 15 Comments

Today will be the 27th time the Council of State has been convened to discuss legislation – but it’s not the first time abortion laws have been discussed.

# council-of-state - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Explainer: What is the Council of State and why is it discussing the abortion bill?
# Abortion
# Abortion

Explainer: What is the Council of State and why is it discussing the abortion bill?

Jul 27th 2013, 8:45 AM 9,525 Views 46 Comments

The Council of State is a little-used and largely unknown body but it takes centre stage as it discusses the abortion bill next week. TheJournal.ie explains what it’s all about…

# council-of-state - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

President Higgins to convene Council of State over abortion bill
# Article 26
# Article 26

President Higgins to convene Council of State over abortion bill

Jul 24th 2013, 9:05 PM 13,843 Views 242 Comments

Áras an Uachtaráin has said that a meeting will be held next Monday where members of the Council and the President will consider the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.

# council-of-state - Friday 7 June, 2013

Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum
# Seanad
# Seanad

Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum

Jun 7th 2013, 3:59 PM 4,547 Views 54 Comments

The Referendum Commission will be chaired by Justice Elizabeth Dunne, whenever the Oireachtas passes the referendum bill.

# council-of-state - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad?
# Seanad
# Seanad

Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad?

Jun 6th 2013, 4:39 PM 9,268 Views 47 Comments

The formal legislation to change the Constitution and delete the Seanad is out today. So what’s in it?

# council-of-state - Sunday 22 April, 2012

Fantasy films/programmes: Why so serious?
# Fantasy Island
From The Daily Edge
# Fantasy Island

Fantasy films/programmes: Why so serious?

Apr 22nd 2012, 3:00 PM 4,326 Views 22 Comments

Sssshhh don’t tell them it’s not real…

# council-of-state - Friday 6 January, 2012

The Daily Fix: Friday
# The Daily Fix
# The Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Friday

Jan 6th 2012, 7:58 PM 4,245 Views 0 Comments

In tonight’s fix: Some parents to lose child benefit; continued rows over pensions debacle; Ray Grehan bankrupt – in England – and all the other bits you may have missed.

President Higgins announces his Council of State
# President Higgins
# President Higgins

President Higgins announces his Council of State

Jan 6th 2012, 2:51 PM 9,145 Views 66 Comments

Seven new advisors have been appointed to the Council.

# council-of-state - Friday 4 November, 2011

In pictures: What are Bertie and Brian doing in the Áras?
# Bertie N Brian
# Bertie N Brian

In pictures: What are Bertie and Brian doing in the Áras?

Nov 4th 2011, 5:44 PM 2,183 Views 56 Comments

The boys/former taoisigh are back in town for a ‘thank you’ reception by President McAleese for her Council of State.

# council-of-state - Monday 17 October, 2011

Davis promises to appoint intellectually disabled person to Council of State
# Race For The Áras
# Race For The Áras

Davis promises to appoint intellectually disabled person to Council of State

Oct 17th 2011, 2:34 PM 1,694 Views 53 Comments

Mary Davis tells an Inclusion Ireland debate that she would appoint a person with intellectual disabilities to the Council of State.

# council-of-state - Thursday 26 May, 2011

Special Olympics chief Mary Davis announces presidential bid
# Race For The Áras
# Race For The Áras

Special Olympics chief Mary Davis announces presidential bid

May 26th 2011, 2:10 PM 798 Views 0 Comments

The managing director of Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia says she will seek the nomination of four councils to run in October.

# council-of-state - Tuesday 21 December, 2010

President approves banking reform bill after Council of State meeting
# Bank Bill
# Bank Bill

President approves banking reform bill after Council of State meeting

Dec 21st 2010, 8:12 PM 467 Views 0 Comments

President McAleese signs the Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Bill into law after convening the Council of State to discuss its constitutionality.

# council-of-state - Saturday 18 December, 2010

President summons Council of State to discuss banking Bill
# Council Of State
# Council Of State

President summons Council of State to discuss banking Bill

Dec 18th 2010, 11:23 AM 690 Views 0 Comments

The President may refer the new Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Bill to the Supreme Court if she thinks it constitutional.

# council-of-state - Monday 19 July, 2010

Civil Partnership Bill signed into Law
# Civil Partnerships
# Civil Partnerships

Civil Partnership Bill signed into Law

Jul 19th 2010, 1:23 PM 119 Views 0 Comments

# council-of-state - Sunday 18 July, 2010

Civil Partnership protest underway outside Áras
# Civil Partnerships
# Civil Partnerships

Civil Partnership protest underway outside Áras

Jul 18th 2010, 5:23 PM 115 Views 0 Comments

McAleese may convene Council of State over Civil Partnerships
# Council Of State
# Council Of State

McAleese may convene Council of State over Civil Partnerships

Jul 18th 2010, 11:39 AM 289 Views 0 Comments

Rumours abound of a potential Supreme Court referral over a co-habitation clause.