University of Hertfordshire

Drivetime (RTÉ Radio)

Press/Media: Research


Period29 Jul 2013


TitleDrivetime (RTÉ Radio)
PersonsCiara Meehan


In July 2013, Michael D Higgins convened the first meeting of the Council of State of his presidency. The members — with the exception of Mary Robinson, John Bruton and Albert Reynolds who sent their apologies — were called together to discuss the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, 2013. It was the twenty-seventh time in the Council’s history that it has met to discuss legislation, and seventy-three years since the then President Douglas Hyde first exercised this power. The following day, the President signed the bill into law without referring it to the Supreme Court; this has happened on ten previous occasions. I discussed the history of the Council of State with Mary Wilson on RTÉ’s Drivetime.


Period29 Jul 2014

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