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See also An amendment may be made to any part of Bunreacht na hÉireann, the constitution of the Republic of Ireland, but only by referendum. ... The Oireachtas is the National Parliament of the Republic of Ireland. ... The Seanad Chamber The Seanad meets in the former picture gallery in Leinster House. ... Cathaoirleach (pronounced, ka-here-loch) is the title of the speaker of the sixty-member Irish upper house, Seanad Éireann (pronounced sch-anad air-inn). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... This article is about the current Irish body. ... The Ceann Comhairle1 is the chairman or speaker of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of the Republic of Ireland. ... John ODonoghue (Irish: ; born 28 May 1956 in Caherciveen, County Kerry) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician and is the current Ceann Comhairle (speaker) of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas and a Teachta Dála for Kerry South. ... -1... Mary Patricia McAleese (Irish: [1]; born 27 June 1951) is the eighth, and current, President of Ireland. ... The Presidential Commission (Irish: Coimisiún Uachtarán) is the collective vice-presidency of the Republic of Ireland. ... The Taoiseach (IPA: or ) — plural: Taoisigh ( or ), also referred to as An Taoiseach[1], is the head of government of Ireland or prime minister. ... Patrick Bartholomew Bertie Ahern (Irish: ; born 12 September 1951) is an Irish politician who, since 26 June 1997, has served as the tenth Taoiseach. ... The Tánaiste (IPA: ; plural Tánaistí ), or, more formally, An Tánaiste[1], is the deputy prime minister of the Republic of Ireland. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Irish Government contains a number of departments or ministries, known in the Republic of Ireland as a Department of State (Roinn Stáit in Irish). ... A Minister of State, in the Republic of Ireland, is a junior minister of non-cabinet rank, attached to one or more Departments of State of the cabinet. ... The Opposition Front Bench in the Republic of Ireland is a group of senior parliamentary opposition Teachtaí Dála who together under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition form an alternative cabinet to the governments. ... The Leader of the Opposition (Ir Ceannaire an Fhreasúra) in the Republic of Ireland is the politician who, at least in theory, leads the Parliamentary Opposition bloc in the lower house of the Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann. ... Enda Kenny (Irish: ; born 24 April 1951), an Irish politician, is the 10th leader of the Fine Gael party and Leader of the Opposition in Dáil Éireann. ... The civil service (an stát-sheirbhís in Irish) of the Republic of Ireland consists of two broad components, the Civil Service of the Government and the Civil Service of the State. ... Local government in the Republic of Ireland is governed by the Local Government Acts, the most recent of which (Local Government Act 2001) established a two-tier structure of local government. ... The courts system in the Republic of Ireland consists of the Supreme Court, the High Court and a number of lower courts. ... The Four Courts in Dublin. ... Chief Justice John L. Murray is the current Chief Justice of Ireland. ... The High Court (Irish: An Ard-Chúirt) of the Republic of Ireland is a court which deals at first instance with the most serious and important civil and criminal cases, and also acts as a court of appeal for civil cases in the Circuit Court. ... The Court of Criminal Appeal (Irish: An Chúirt Achomhaire Choiriúil) of Ireland hears appeals of indictable offences tried in the Circuit Court, the Central Criminal Court and the Special Criminal Court. ... The Special Criminal Court is a juryless criminal court in the Republic of Ireland which tries terrorist and organized crime cases. ... The Circuit Court (An Chúirt Chuarda in Irish) of Ireland consists of a President and thirty-three judges. ... The District Court (An Chúirt Dúiche in Irish) of Ireland consists of a President and fifty-four judges. ... The Republic of Ireland elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. ... The date for Irelands presidential election was set for 22 October 2004. ... The European Parliament Election, 2004 was the Republic of Ireland component of the European Parliament Election, 2004. ... The Irish general election of 2007 took place on 24 May 2007 after the dissolution of the 29th Dáil by the President on 29 April 2007, at the request of the Taoiseach. ... The lower house of the Irish parliament, Dáil Éireann, currently contains 166 Teachtaí Dála (TDs), representing 42 parliamentary constituencies throughout the Republic of Ireland. ... This is an incomplete list of Irish by-elections, with the names of the incumbent and victor and their respective parties. ... There are a number of political parties in the Republic of Ireland, and coalition governments are common. ... This is an incomplete list of public-representative office-holders, elected and appointed, past and present, in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. ... For much of its history, the island of Ireland was divided into 32 counties (Irish language contae or condae, pronounced IPA: ). Two historical counties, County Desmond and County Coleraine, no longer exist. ... The European Union or EU is a supranational and international organization of 27 member states. ... The Republic of Ireland is involved in a number of outstanding international disputes. ...


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The Council of State (Irish: Comhairle Stáit) is an institution established by the Constitution of Ireland to advise the President of Ireland in the exercise of many of his or her discretionary, reserve powers. The Council of State also has theoretical authority to provide for the temporary exercise of the duties of the president in the event that these cannot be exercised by either the president or the Presidential Commission. Northern Ireland is an administrative region and one of four parts of the United Kingdom. ... Information on politics by country is available for every country, including both de jure and de facto independent states, inhabited dependent territories, as well as areas of special sovereignty. ... The Constitution of Ireland (Irish: Bunreacht na hÉireann)[1] is the founding legal document of the state known today both as Ireland and as the Republic of Ireland. ... -1... The Presidential Commission (Irish: Coimisiún Uachtarán) is the collective vice-presidency of the Republic of Ireland. ...

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Composition

The Council of State consists of a number of government officials, who sit ex-officio, as well as certain former office holders and up to seven individuals of the president's own choosing. The ex officio members comprise the attorney general as well as two individuals from each of three branches of government: legislature, executive and judiciary. The Attorney General (Irish: An Ard-Aighne) is the official adviser to the Irish Government in matters of law. ... A legislature is a type of representative deliberative assembly with the power to adopt laws. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      In law, the judiciary or judicial is the system of courts which administer justice in the name of the sovereign or state, a mechanism for the resolution of disputes. ...


Unlike most of the president's other duties, which must be conducted in accordance with the advice of the cabinet, the seven presidential appointees to the Council of State are chosen at the president's absolute discretion. These appointees retain their positions until the president's successor takes office. Every member of the Council of State must, at their first meeting, subscribe to a formal declaration of office stipulated by the constitution. The Government (Irish: ) is the cabinet that exercises executive authority in the Republic of Ireland. ...


Ex-officio members

From the executive:

From the legislature: The Taoiseach (IPA: or ) — plural: Taoisigh ( or ), also referred to as An Taoiseach[1], is the head of government of Ireland or prime minister. ... Patrick Bartholomew Bertie Ahern (Irish: ; born 12 September 1951) is an Irish politician who, since 26 June 1997, has served as the tenth Taoiseach. ... The Tánaiste (IPA: ; plural Tánaistí ), or, more formally, An Tánaiste[1], is the deputy prime minister of the Republic of Ireland. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

From the judiciary: The Ceann Comhairle1 is the chairman or speaker of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of the Republic of Ireland. ... This article is about the current Irish body. ... John ODonoghue can refer to the following people: John ODonoghue (politician) (born 1956), Irish Fianna Fáil politician John ODonoghue (TV presenter), Irish journalist John ODonoghue (baseball) (born 1939), American player John ODonoghue (short career) (born 1969), American baseball player Category: ... Cathaoirleach (pronounced, ka-here-loch) is the title of the speaker of the sixty-member Irish upper house, Seanad Éireann (pronounced sch-anad air-inn). ... The Seanad Chamber The Seanad meets in the former picture gallery in Leinster House. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Attorney-General: Rory Brady, SC. The Supreme Court (Irish: Chúirt Uachtarach) is the highest judicial authority in the Republic of Ireland. ... -1... The High Court of the Republic of Ireland is a court which deals at first instance with the most serious and important civil and criminal cases, and also acts as a court of appeal for civil cases in the Circuit Court. ... Richard Johnson may refer to: Richard Johnson, the Somerset and England cricketer; Richard Mentor Johnson, the 19th century United States politician and vice-president; Richard Johnson, the 16th century romance writer; Richard Johnson, the English actor; Reverend Richard Johnson, chaplain to first settlement in New South Wales; Richard Johnson (1830... Rory Brady is the current Attorney-General of Ireland. ...


Former officer holders

Dr. Patrick John Hillery (born May 2, 1923) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and the sixth President of Ireland from 1976 until 1990. ... Mary Robinson (Irish name Máire Mhic Róibín; born 21 May 1944) was the first female President of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. ... A President of the Executive Council is the presiding officer of an Executive Council, in Commonwealth constitutional practice. ... Liam Cosgrave (Irish name Liam Mac Cosgair) (born 13 April 1920), served as the fifth Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland between 1973 and 1977. ... Garret FitzGerald (Irish: ; born February 9, 1926) was the seventh Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, serving two terms in office; July 1981 to February 1982, and December 1982 to March 1987. ... Albert Reynolds (born November 3, 1932), was the eighth Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, serving one term in office from 1992 until 1994. ... John Gerard Bruton (Irish: ; born 18 May 1947) was the ninth Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland. ...

The President's seven

Mary Davis was an American silent film actress. ... Martin Mansergh (born 1946) is a historian and has been a Teachta Dála (Member of Parliament) in the Republic of Ireland since May, 2007. ... Enda Marren was born c. ... Professor Denis Moloney OBE is a Solicitor, Advocate and Notary Public from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ...

Role

The president is not obliged to heed the recommendations of the Council of State. However, he or she must seek its advice, and give each member the opportunity to be heard, before exercising any reserve power except the refusal of a Dáil (lower house of parliament) dissolution. The remaining discretionary powers, which require prior consultation with the Council of State, are as follows (for a detailed description of the president's reserve powers see: President of Ireland): This article is about the current Irish body. ... -1...

  • Reference of bills to the Supreme Court.
  • Reference of bills to the people.
  • Abridgement of the time for the consideration of a bills in the Senate.
  • Establishment of a Committee of Privileges.
  • Address to the Houses of the Oireachtas.
  • Address to the Nation.
  • Convention of either or both Houses of the Oireachtas

Under Article 14.4 of the constitution the Council of State, acting by a majority of its members, has authority to "make such provision as to them may seem meet" for the exercise of the duties of the president in any contingency the constitution does not foresee. The Presidential Commission is the collective vice-presidency of the state so this provision can be regarded as making the Council of State the third in the line of succession. The Supreme Court (Irish: Chúirt Uachtarach) is the highest judicial authority in the Republic of Ireland. ... The Seanad Chamber The Seanad meets in the former picture gallery in Leinster House. ... The Oireachtas is the National Parliament of the Republic of Ireland. ... The Presidential Commission (Irish: Coimisiún Uachtarán) is the collective vice-presidency of the Republic of Ireland. ...


See also

The Irish Council of State met on 21st December, 2004 to advise President Mary McAleese on whether or not to refer the Health (Amendment) (No. ... The President of Ireland has the right to appoint a maximum of seven members of the Council of State. ... Politics of Ireland (the Republic of Ireland) takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. ... The Council of State is the name of an organ of government in many states, and especially in republics. ...

External link

  • President of Ireland - official website

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