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9030885790308855Members 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.

The wise elders, dude.

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

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.

Higgins’s Remarks On Treaty Alarm Ministers (Stephen Collins, Irish Times)

That speech including podcast here

Previously: Old Labour. New Labour

Plus: Squee And The Irish XV

(pic: Nigel stead/LSE)