The Irish parliament has voted to change the legislative agenda in a way that will allow the government to implement a number of changes to the laws that it has been proposing.
The Irish House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to adopt amendments to a motion on the legislative calendar that would allow the Cabinet to issue the Queen’s Speech, the government’s first major budget and policy document.
The amendment, to the motion on Wednesday, would also allow the Queen to call an early election.
It is the second time the motion has been adopted by the House of Commons.
The government has also proposed changes to other laws that will require the consent of both Houses of Parliament.
The Queen’s speech is the official statement of government policy and is the first major policy document for the new government.
It is expected to be published in December, after which a new Parliament would be elected.
It comes as the Irish government continues to grapple with the effects of Brexit.
The Queen has been trying to reassure the Irish public that the Government is in a position to take on the issues it is faced with in its Brexit negotiations.
The new amendment to the legislative schedule would allow for a Cabinet meeting on the Queen in the event of a general election to be held.
The Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, said that the legislation was needed to ensure the Government’s ability to enact its own Brexit plans in the run-up to the referendum, as it did in the Brexit referendum.
The Government has indicated it will not be seeking to change or remove any of the existing legislation to allow the referendum to take place.
A number of bills have already been amended in the past few weeks, with the most recent in November being a proposed change to the Irish Constitution that would permit a Queen’s request for permission to enter into agreements with foreign governments.
The motion on Thursday was debated by the entire House of Deputies.
The first time the Queen called an early general election was in 1998, when she made a speech in the House to Parliament.
She did not address the question of the election as part of that speech, instead focusing on her role in securing the country’s “special relationship” with the UK.
In the speech, the Queen also said she was confident Ireland would be “firm in its position” to remain in the European Union.
The move to amend the Queen, and the fact that it was the first time a motion had been adopted on the agenda, was welcomed by the opposition parties.
“This is a significant step forward in the Queen of England’s role in governing the country,” said Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.
“It is a very welcome change.”
The amendments to the legislation are a response to a report by the Government, commissioned by the then Fine Gael government, which recommended changes to legislation to enable the Queen and other members of the Government to take action to protect the country.
“The Queen will always be a key pillar of Irish life, but as the head of government, she is now able to exercise more direct control over our domestic affairs than she did in 1998,” said the Minister for External Affairs, Peadar O’Sullivan.
“The Queen now has the opportunity to set out her vision for the country, in order to make decisions that are in the national interest.”
The Government said the new amendment would enable the Government and the Cabinet “to set out the Government policy in the public interest”.
The amendments were passed by the full Irish House in December last year.
The previous Labour government adopted the changes in 2013, which had led to the Queen calling a general Election on May 4.
The Sinn Fáil-led government, then in opposition, also put forward a bill in 2015 that had the Queen call a general Council election for the first two years of a new administration, but the bill was opposed by the Democratic Unionist Party.