President appoints seven new members to Council of State

New council members include advocates Sinéad Burke and Dr Sindy Joyce

Sinéad Burke, disability advocate, writer and campaigner, has been appointed to the Council of State. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinéad Burke, disability advocate, writer and campaigner, has been appointed to the Council of State. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has announced seven new appointments to the Council of State.

The President can appoint up to seven members who join current and former taoisigh, former presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, the chief justice Mr Justice Frank Clarke and the Attorney-General Séamus Woulfe SC in advising him on matters such as whether to refer a Bill to the Supreme Court.

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