The Taoiseach assigns particular Departments to the Ministers on their appointment by the President. The Taoiseach also nominates the Attorney General for appointment by the President. The Taoiseach also has the power to advise the President to accept the resignation of Ministers. The Taoiseach also nominates eleven persons to serve in Seanad Éireann. The Taoiseach is, ex officio, a member of the Council of State.