President is wise to seek counsel
President Michael D Higgins doesn't have to heed the advice of the members of the Council of State. But he was wise, nonetheless, to seek the counsel of his advisory body on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, 2013.
The President may well have made his mind up some time ago about his intentions for the bill.
He has the option of bringing an end to its passage by signing the legislation into the law, thereby determining it to be constitutional in his view.