Constitutional experts back President Higgins over John Bruton

Experts conclude that President did not need to consult Government over Armagh event

Former taoiseach John Bruton alleged that President Higgins was in breach of Article 13:9 of the Constitution/ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Former taoiseach John Bruton alleged that President Higgins was in breach of Article 13:9 of the Constitution/ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins was within his rights to refuse an invitation to attend a commemoration event in Armagh, constitutional experts have said.

Former Taoiseach John Bruton alleged that President Higgins was in breach of Article 13:9 of the Constitution which states that “the powers and functions conferred on the President by this Constitution shall be exercisable and performable by him only on the advice of the Government”.

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