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#Mary McAleese

Simple pleasures - Queen to President: "I like this clinking glass"

Who doesn’t love the sound of tinkling crystal?

From TheJournal.ie In full: the speech of President McAleese at the State Dinner State Dinner

In full: the speech of President McAleese at the State Dinner

The full text of President McAleese’s remarks at this evening’s State Banquet being held in honour of Queen Elizabeth

From TheJournal.ie In full: the speech of Queen Elizabeth at the State Dinner State Dinner

In full: the speech of Queen Elizabeth at the State Dinner

The full text of Her Majesty’s remarks at this evening’s State Banquet being held in her honour at Dublin Castle.

From TheJournal.ie “A Úachtaráin, agus a chairde” – Queen offers “sincere sympathy” to victims of Anglo-Irish conflict State Dinner

“A Úachtaráin, agus a chairde” – Queen offers “sincere sympathy” to victims of Anglo-Irish conflict

Queen Elizabeth tells the State Dinner at Dublin Castle that Ireland and the UK are becoming “as good neighbours should be”.

The Queen's meet-and-tweet: How YOU viewed Day 2 Royal Visit This post contains images

The Queen's meet-and-tweet: How YOU viewed Day 2

Queen Elizabeth II made it to Croke Park in one of the most heavily symbolic days of her Irish trip, as noted by Twitter.

From The42 In pictures: Queen Elizabeth visits Croker Royal Visit This post contains images

In pictures: Queen Elizabeth visits Croker

The British monarch made a poignant visit to Jones’ Rd this afternoon where she met intercounty players, toured the grounds and walked out on the famous sod.

From The42 Hallowed ground: Queen Elizabeth II visits Croke Park on historic day for GAA Royal Visit

Hallowed ground: Queen Elizabeth II visits Croke Park on historic day for GAA

Royal party learn about the history and culture of the GAA during 50-minute visit to Headquarters.

From TheJournal.ie In pictures: the first day of the Queen's historic visit Royal Visit This post contains images

In pictures: the first day of the Queen's historic visit

The first hours of the first ever visit by a British Monarch to the Republic of Ireland – as seen through the camera lens.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Tuesday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

All the news of the day you might have missed…

From TheJournal.ie Gallery: International press focus on historical and security elements of royal visit Royal Visit This post contains images

Gallery: International press focus on historical and security elements of royal visit

Check out some of the headlines the British monarch’s visit to Ireland is generating around the world.

Caption competition: War is over?

Blessed were the peacemakers at the 1916 Rising commemoration today…

From TheJournal.ie McAleese gains support for defence of Ireland's corporate tax rate Economy

McAleese gains support for defence of Ireland's corporate tax rate

The president is on a visit to the Netherlands where she’s told business leaders that Ireland is facing up to its problems. The Dutch finance minister has backed her stance on the corporate tax rate.

From TheJournal.ie McAleese expected to defend corporation tax rate Corporation Tax

McAleese expected to defend corporation tax rate

The president has previously said Ireland’s corporation tax policy is “not up for negotiation” – and is expected to reiterate that message at a meeting with business leaders during her official visit to the Netherlands.

From TheJournal.ie Government will retain at least 20 garda drivers for State cars State Cars

Government will retain at least 20 garda drivers for State cars

Some 12 ministers will have to return their ministerial cars and provide their own with a civilian driver but some garda drivers are being retained.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Friday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: President McAleese gives France and Germany a slap on the wrists, the poignant tale of an elderly man who arrived in hospital with a small fortune strapped to his body and the story of Bear-ack Obama.

From TheJournal.ie President says French and German demands over corporation tax are 'a nonsense' Corporation Tax

President says French and German demands over corporation tax are 'a nonsense'

Mary McAleese has told a Dutch newspaper that Ireland should not be throwing away one the tools it has to pay off its debt.

From TheJournal.ie Ceremony held to mark 95th anniversary of Easter Rising Easter Rising This post contains images

Ceremony held to mark 95th anniversary of Easter Rising

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and president Mary McAleese took part in the ceremony to mark the 95th anniversary of the Easter Rising on Dublin’s O’Connell Street earlier today.

From TheJournal.ie Queen's three-day visit confirmed for May 17 Royal Visit

Queen's three-day visit confirmed for May 17

The British Embassy and Áras an Úachtaráin confirm a programme of events including visits to Croke Park and the Guinness Storehouse, as well as stops in Cashel and Cork.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: April Fool's Day 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: April Fool's Day

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Anger over the government’s failure to make the bondholders share the pain; Financial Regulator Matthew Elderfield says criminal charges will come, and red faces for Royal aides as they invite the wrong Mary to the the wedding of William and Kate.

From TheJournal.ie Royal family apologises over Harney wedding gaffe Gaffe

Royal family apologises over Harney wedding gaffe

Clarence House apologises “unreservedly” after a case of mistaken identity in which the former Health Minister was sent an invitation in the place of President.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach and new cabinet reduce pay in first act of new government New Cabinet

Taoiseach and new cabinet reduce pay in first act of new government

The new Fine Gael and Labour cabinet met for the first time last night.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Is it time that the Queen visited Ireland? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is it time that the Queen visited Ireland?

The British monarch is coming to Ireland, possibly as early as May of this year. Are you bothered?

From TheJournal.ie Queen's visit is 'premature' and will cause offence, says Adams Royal Visit

Queen's visit is 'premature' and will cause offence, says Adams

The Sinn Féin president says the ongoing partition of Ireland means the visit of Queen Elizabeth to the Republic is ill-timed.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Saturday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you really need to know by 9am: A race against time for coalition talks, the Queen’s visit is labelled “premature”, and cheaper electricity prices on the way.

From TheJournal.ie Queen Elizabeth accepts invitation to visit Ireland Royal Visit

Queen Elizabeth accepts invitation to visit Ireland

Details are scant, but it looks like Queen Elizabeth is heading to Ireland this year for first visit by ruling British monarch since 1903.

From TheJournal.ie Cowen confirms Dáil dissolution request for Tuesday GE11

Cowen confirms Dáil dissolution request for Tuesday

As the Finance Bill is sent to the Seanad, Brian Cowen confirms he’ll wait until Tuesday before going to the Park.

From TheJournal.ie President approves banking reform bill after Council of State meeting Bank Bill

President approves banking reform bill after Council of State meeting

President McAleese signs the Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Bill into law after convening the Council of State to discuss its constitutionality.

From TheJournal.ie President summons Council of State to discuss banking Bill Council Of State

President summons Council of State to discuss banking Bill

The President may refer the new Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Bill to the Supreme Court if she thinks it constitutional.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Saturday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: more ‘secret’ bank bonuses, the return of the cold snap, and growing threats of war in Korea.

From TheJournal.ie Budget 2011: The first legislation 'to make families hungry' Budget11

Budget 2011: The first legislation 'to make families hungry'

The low paid, middle-incomes, families, social welfare recipients, the Taoiseach, the President: did only the TDs escape?

From TheJournal.ie President offers to take Budget 2011's biggest wage cut Budget11

President offers to take Budget 2011's biggest wage cut

Mary McAleese volunteers to cap her public sector salary at €250,000 next year – that’s a drop of €75,000

From The42 McAleese laments retirement of ‘wonderful’ Ó Muircheartaigh Micheál

McAleese laments retirement of ‘wonderful’ Ó Muircheartaigh

The President leads the tributes to the soon-to-retire gaelic games commentator.

From TheJournal.ie McAleese to send Medvedev DVDs of gaelic football and hurling Russia

McAleese to send Medvedev DVDs of gaelic football and hurling

Mary McAleese pledges to educate her Russian counterpart in gaelic games as she invites him on an official visit to Ireland.

PRESIDENT MARY MCALEESE has signed the Civil Partnership Bill into law this morning, according to the Department of Justice. The enactment of the bill – now an Act – dashes hopes of the bill’s opponents, but means the Act’s constitutionality may still be appealed.

PROTESTORS HAVE CONVENED outside Áras an Úachtaráin this afternoon in an effort to convince President Mary McAleese not to sign the Civil Partnership Bill into law. McAleese must either sign the Bill before Wednesday or refer it to the Supreme Court to test its constitutionality.

RUMOURS ARE MOUNTING that President Mary McAleese may convene the Council of State to discuss the constitutionality of the Civil Partnership Bill.

The Bill – which past its final hurdle in Leinster House last Thursday week with passage through the Seanad – was presented to the President last Wednesday.

McAleese is required to sign the Bill into law on the 5th, 6th, or 7th day after it is presented to her – meaning she can sign it any time between Monday and Wednesday of this week.

It is widely believed, however, that McAleese may exercise a provision in the Constitution and convene the Council of State for a discussion on whether certain clauses of the Bill are in conflict with the constitution.

In particular it is understood that a clause relating to co-habitation and how it may impact current law on heterosexual couples will come under review.

It is also reported that a high-ranking senior counsel has been advised not to book any holidays in case the bill is referred to the Supreme Court.

If the Council of State agrees that there may be some conflict, it can refer the Bill to the Supreme Court for a final ruling on it. Should the Supreme Court find the Bill acceptable, it would then be bulletproof from future legal challenge.

The Council of State is comprised of:

  • the heads of the Supreme Court and High Court
  • the Taoiseach and Tánaiste
  • the Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil and Cathaoirleach of the Seanad
  • the Attorney-General
  • seven presidential nominees
  • any past living Presidents
  • any past living Chief Justices of the Supreme Court
  • any past living Taoisigh

Supporters of the Bill have welcomed the move, with gay rights advocate Panti noting that any Supreme Court ruling would pre-emptively deny opponents of the group the chance to prepare a legal challenge of their own.

There remains some confusion, however, over whether the Supreme Court can rule individual sections of the Bill out of order and still approve the remainder as constitutional, or whether it is required to throw out the entire Bill.