Labour TD Michael McNamara has again criticised the guillotining of the International Protection Bill, which he says was "shot through" without proper scrutiny.

The bill aims to speed up the asylum process.

President Michael D Higgins is to convene the Council of State next week to consider the bill.

The Council of State can either refer the bill to the Supreme Court or advise the President to sign off on the bill.

Mr McNamara said he is "happy that someone is looking at the bill but there are 166 people elected to legislate".

He has accused the Department of Justice and the minister of wanting to avoid debate on the bill.

The Government has said the bill was designed to deliver its undertaking to reduce the length of time asylum applicants spend in the protection process, including the direct provision system, through establishing a single applications procedure for international protection.

Under the proposed single procedure, an applicant will only have to make one application, and will have all grounds for seeking international protection and to be permitted to remain in the State examined and determined in one process.

The Government said the introduction of the single procedure would allow it to efficiently grant international protection to those who are entitled to it. 

At the same time it said it would identify, at a much earlier stage, persons who have no entitlement to stay in the State and who can safely return to their country of origin.

The Council of State meeting will take place in Áras an Uachtaráin on 29 December.