| Article 31
1. There shall be a Council of State to aid and
counsel the President on all matters on which the President may consult the
said Council in relation to the exercise and performance by him of such of his
powers and functions as are by this Constitution expressed to be exercisable
and performable after consultation with the Council of State, and to exercise
such other functions as are conferred on the said Council by this Constitution.
2. The Council of State shall consist of the following
members: the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, the Chief Justice, the President of the
High Court, the Chairman of Dáil Éireann, the Chairman of Seanad Éireann, and
the Attorney General.
Every person able and
willing to act as a member of the Council of State who shall have held the
office of President, or the office of Taoiseach, or the office of Chief
Justice, or the office of President of the Executive Council of Saorstát
Such other persons,
if any, as may be appointed by the President under this Article to be members
of the Council of State.
3. The President may at any time and from time to time
by warrant under his hand and Seal appoint such other persons as, in his
absolute discretion, he may think fit, to be members of the Council of State,
but not more than seven persons so appointed shall be members of the Council of
State at the same time.
4. Every member of the Council of State shall at the
first meeting thereof which he attends as a member take and subscribe a
declaration in the following form:
"In the presence of Almighty God I,
, do solemnly and sincerely
promise and declare that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfil my duties
as a member of the Council of State."
5. Every member of the Council of State appointed by
the President, unless he dies, resigns, becomes permanently incapacitated, or
is removed from office, shall hold office until the successor of the President
by whom he was appointed shall have entered upon his office.
6. Any member of the Council of State appointed by the
President may resign from office by placing his resignation in the hands of the
7. The President may, for reasons which to him seem
sufficient, by an order under his hand and Seal, terminate the appointment of
any member of the Council of State appointed by him.
8. Meetings of the Council of State may be convened by
the President at such times and places as he shall determine.
| Article 32
The President shall not exercise or perform any of the powers or
functions which are by this Constitution expressed to be exercisable or
performable by him after consultation with the Council of State unless, and on
every occasion before so doing, he shall have convened a meeting of the Council
of State and the members present at such meeting shall have been heard by him.
Constitution of Ireland
| National Parliament
| Constitution and Powers
| Dail Eireann
| Seanad Eireann
| Local Government
| International Relations
| Attorney General
| Council of State
| Comptroller and Auditor General
| Trial Of Offences
| Fundamental Rights
| Personal Rights
| Private Property
| Directive Principles of Social Policy
| Amendment of the Constitution
| Repeal of Constitution of Saorstat
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