Higgins complaints about legislative process perplexing and unprecedented

President served in Dáil for 25 years and is used to uneven flow of legislation

Several of the concerns highlighted by President Michael D Higgins are symptomatic of more fundamental shortcomings of the legislative process. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Several of the concerns highlighted by President Michael D Higgins are symptomatic of more fundamental shortcomings of the legislative process. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Last week the Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil and Cathaoirleach of the Seanad each received a letter from President Michael D Higgins. While the letters highlight some issues that point to failings in the legislative process, in many respects those concerns are not new.

Higgins has already served almost 10 years as President and prior to being elected to serve as head of State, he served as a member of the Dáil for approximately 25 years – the President is undoubtedly well-accustomed to the uneven flow of legislation.

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