Authority to conclude treaties is vested in the Government as an executive function.139 The process of ratification set out in art. 29.5:

‘5 1° Every international agreement to which the State becomes a party shall be laid before Dáil Éireann

2° The State shall not be bound by any international agreement involving a charge upon public funds unless the terms of the agreement shall have been approved by Dáil Éireann.

3° This section shall not apply to agreements or conventions of a technical and administrative character.’

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