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

The President of Ireland has raised concern over having to consider high volumes of legislation in short time frames in recent times.

Michael D. Higgins wrote to the Oireachtas, expressing his concerns about the high levels of complex legislation he is being asked to consider in short periods of time.

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Higgins also raised concerns surrounding “a pattern that has emerged in recent years.”

The President said that since the beginning of July he has been asked to consider 19 different Bills, with 9 of these being presented in one day.

He said the legislation was required to be considered and signed in a seven-day period.

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“Many of these bills are complex and require me to undertake a detail analysis of their constitutional implications. Some may require the seeking of legal advice and others consultation with the Council of State,” Higgins wrote.

“It would strike me, as President and from my years as a parliamentarian, that there must be a more orderly approach to arranging the legislative timetable that allows all legislators the time to consider and contribute to proposals before the Oireachtas without unnecessary time constraints and an unseemly end-of-term haste to have Bills concluded,” he continued.

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