Council has met five times in 13 years
The Council of State has previously met five times during the President's two terms of office to consider seven proposed laws. Of the seven previous bills the council discussed, the President referred three to the Supreme Court. Sections from both the Planning and Immigrants bills from a meeting in June 2000 were referred to the Supreme Court, which found them to be constitutional.
The Health bill from 2004 was also sent to the Supreme Court, which struck it down.
The Council of State is comprised of, amongst others, the heads of the Supreme Court and High Court, the Taoiseach and Tanaiste, the Ceann Comhairle of the Dail, the Attorney-General, former Taoisigh, seven presidential nominees and any past living presidents.