Members of the Council of State meeting this afternoon to “consider” the Protection of Life During Preganancy Bill.
They’re privy to stuff.
Bottom pic back row (from lef) Professor Gearoid O Tuathaigh, The Hon Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, The Hon Mr Justice John Murray, The Hon Mr Justice Ronan Keane, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Mr Michael Farrell, Prof Deirdre Heehan, Mr Ruari Mc Kiernan, Former Taoiseah Brian Cowen, Professor Gerard Quinn, Ms Sally Mulready.
Front Row, from left Former President Mary McAleese, Senator Patrick Burke Cathaoirleach, Mr Sean Barrett Ceann Comhairle, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, President Michael D Higgins, Ms Susan Denham Chief Justice, The Hon Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, Ms Marie Whelan Attorney General and former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.
wise elders, dude.
(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)
Brian O’Donovan tweetz:
Pro-life protestors saying the rosary at the gates of Aras an Uachtarain while the Council of State meets inside.
Now where have we seen yer man before?
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Áras an Uachtaráin in an Office of Public Works minibus for the Council of State meeting on the Protection Of Life During Pregnancy Bill.
Pics via Gavan Reilly and Brian O’Donovan
They still call him ‘squee’ behind his back.
The primary concern among Cabinet Ministers relates to the President’s comments about the possibility of summoning the Council of State if the Government proceeds to ratify the fiscal compact treaty by legislation rather than referendum.
There were also some raised eyebrows in the Labour Party at the President expressing opposition to privatisation in the week that the Government decided to sell off stakes in State companies worth €3 billion.
So it has begun.
Let the best knee win.
That speech including podcast here
Previously: Old Labour. New Labour
Plus: Squee And The Irish XV
(pic: Nigel stead/LSE)
Ruairí McKiernan (above), ‘social entrepreneur’, community activist, founder of youth organisation SpunOut.ie and now member of the Council Of State.
Ruairí will represent young people.