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Council of State

The Council of State is a body created in Bunreacht na hÉireann, the 1937 Irish Constitution, to advise the President of Ireland in the exercise of most of her key powers. Its membership is made up of three groups. Its advice is however non-binding.

Two key figures from each of the major institutions of state serve on the Council ex-officio

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Ex-Officio Members

From the Executive

From the Legislature

From the Judiciary

  • The Chief Justice
    • [currently Ronan Keane]
  • The President of the High Court :
    • [currently Joseph Finnegan]

The Attorney-General currently Rory Brady, SC[?] also serves on the Council of State.

Former Officer Holders

Former holders of the three key offices of state are also automatic members

The President's Seven

The President is entitled to appoint up to seven members of the Council for the duration of her term of office.

External Link

See Bunreacht na hÉireann, President of Ireland pages.



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