President Higgins convenes Council of State over Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

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Council of State met this afternoon
Council of State met this afternoon
President Michael D Higgins sought the advice of the Council of State on the legality of new abortion legislation
President Michael D Higgins sought the advice of the Council of State on the legality of new abortion legislation

A meeting of the Council of State has been held by President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin to consider the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

President Higgins has until Wednesday to either sign the bill into law or refer it to the Supreme Court to assess the constitutionality of the bill.

If the Supreme Court approves the bill it will become law that can never be judicially reviewed.

It is the first time that President Higgins has convened the Council of State since he assumed office in November 2011.