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Legislation Bills passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas must be considered by the President and signed by him before they become law. Under the provisions of Article 25 of Bunreacht na hÉireann, a Bill must, with some exceptions, be signed by the President on the 5th, 6th or 7th day after it is presented for his signature, and the President must give careful consideration to each Bill presented to him. The Constitution also provides the President with the power to refer certain Bills to the Supreme Court for a determination as to whether the Bill - or any part of it - is repugnant to the Constitution. In those situations, the President must consult with the Council of State before making such a referral. The decision whether to refer a Bill to the Supreme Court, however, is the President’s alone.

Meetings of the Council of State • In July 2013, the President called a meeting of the Council of State to consider the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 - the 27th time in the history of the State that the Council of State was convened. • In December 2016, the President called the Council of State to consider the International Protection Bill 2015. Over the past seven years, President Higgins has considered and signed over 300 Bills.

Meeting of the Council of State, 2013

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THE PRESIDENCY IN REVIEW 2011 - 2018

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The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...

The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...