Elaine Byrne: Election outcome could put ball in president’s court

Article 27 was designed for deadlocks between both houses of the Oireachtas

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Elaine Byrne

3rd January, 2016
President Michael D Higgins said that he wanted to encourage new models of “redefined development, balancing economics, ecology, ethics and social cohesion”. Picture: Rollingnews

The Oireachtas arithmetic after the next election could well see President Michael D Higgins using a constitutional provision that has never been employed before.

The president’s Council of State met last Tuesday to discuss whether the International Protection Bill 2015 should be referred to the Supreme Court.

Article 26 of the Constitution reminded the public that the office of President has duties other than politely visiting countries. This rarely-used presidential power has proved to...

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