Michael D Higgins raises concern over having to consider high volumes of legislation in short time frames 1 month ago

Michael D Higgins raises concern over having to consider high volumes of legislation in short time frames

The President called the handling of legislation "less than ideal".

In a letter to the Oireachtas, President Michael D Higgins has raised concerns regarding the high volumes of complex legislation he has been asked to consider in short time frames, RTÉ reports.

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The letter was sent in the past week, with the President reportedly calling the handling of legislation "less than ideal" and "unnecessary".

Higgins is said to have expressed concern over the volume of bills he had to consider in the two weeks before the Dáil took its Christmas and summer breaks.

According to RTÉ, he highlighted that in the three weeks since the beginning of July, he was asked to consider 19 separate bills, which included the much-discussed indoor hospitality bill.

The President wrote that nine of these were presented on one day and that the legislation had "to be considered and signed in the same seven-day period."

"Many of these bills are complex and require me to undertake a detail analysis of their constitutional implications," the President said.

"Some may require the seeking of legal advice and others consultation with the Council of State."

JOE has reached out to the Office of the President for comment.

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