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Republic of Ireland
Politics is the process by which decisions are made within groups. ...



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Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland. ... The Republic of Ireland is a sovereign, independent state. ...

See also An amendment may be made to any part of Bunreacht na hÉireann, the constitution of the Republic of Ireland, but only by referendum. ... The Oireachtas is the National Parliament of the Republic of Ireland. ... The Dáil Chamber Dáil Éireann is the lower house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of the Republic of Ireland. ... The Ceann Comhairle1 is the chairman or speaker of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of the Republic of Ireland. ... Dr. Rory OHanlon (born 7 February 1934), Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann. ... The Seanad Chamber The Seanad meets in the former picture gallery in Leinster House. ... Cathaoirleach (pronounced, ka-here-loch) is the title of the speaker of the sixty-member Irish upper house, Seanad Éireann (pronounced sch-anad air-inn). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The President of Ireland (Irish: Uachtarán na hÉireann) is the head of state of the Republic of Ireland. ... Mary Patricia McAleese (Irish name Máire Pádraigín Mhic Ghiolla Íosa; born 27 June 1951) is the eighth, and current, President of Ireland. ... The Council of State (Irish: Comhairle Stáit) is an organ established by the Constitution of Ireland to advise the President of Ireland in the exercise of many of her discretionary, reserve powers. ... The Presidential Commission (Irish: Coimisiún Uachtarán) is the collective vice-presidency of the Republic of Ireland. ... The Taoiseach (plural: Taoisigh) or, more formally, An Taoiseach, is the head of government of the Republic of Ireland and the leader of the Irish cabinet. ... Patrick Bartholemew Ahern (Irish name: Pádraig Parthalán Ó hEachthairn) (born September 12, 1951), commonly called Bertie Ahern, is an Irish politician. ... The Tánaiste (plural: Tánaistithe), or more formally An Tánaiste, is the deputy prime minister of the Republic of Ireland1. ... Mary Harney (born March 11, 1953) is an Irish politician who has been the leader of the Progressive Democrats (the fourth largest political party in Ireland) since 1993. ... A Minister of State, in the Republic of Ireland, is a junior minister of non-cabinet rank, attached to one or more Departments of State of the cabinet. ... The Opposition Front Bench in the Republic of Ireland is a group of senior parliamentary opposition Teachtaí Dála who together under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition form an alternative cabinet to the governments. ... The Leader of the Opposition (Ir Ceannaire an Fhreasúra) in the Republic of Ireland is the politician who, at least in theory, leads the Parliamentary Opposition bloc in the lower house of the Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann. ... Enda Kenny Enda Kenny (born 24 April 1951) is an Irish politician, leader of the Fine Gael party and Leader of the Opposition in Dáil Éireann. ... The civil service (an stát-sheirbhís in Irish) of the Republic of Ireland consists of two broad components, the Civil Service of the Government and the Civil Service of the State. ... Local government in the Republic of Ireland is governed by the Local Government Act, 2001, which established a two-tier structure of local government. ... The courts system in the Republic of Ireland consists of the Supreme Court, the High Court and a number of lower courts. ... The Supreme Court (Irish: Chúirt Uachtarach) is the highest judicial authority in the Republic of Ireland. ... The High Court (Irish: An Ard-Chúirt) of the Republic of Ireland is a court which deals at first instance with the most serious and important civil and criminal cases, and also acts as a court of appeal for civil cases in the Circuit Court. ... The Special Criminal Court is a juryless criminal court in the Republic of Ireland which tries terrorist and organized crime cases. ... The Republic of Ireland elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. ... The date for Irelands presidential election was set for 22 October 2004. ... The European Parliament Election, 2004 was the Republic of Ireland component of the European Parliament Election, 2004. ... The Irish general election of 2002 was held on Friday 17 May 2002, just over three weeks after the dissolution of the 28th Dáil on Thursday 25 April by President Mary McAleese, at the request of the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern. ... The lower house of the Irish parliament, Dáil Éireann, currently contains 166 Teachtaí Dála (TDs), representing 42 parliamentary constituencies throughout the Republic of Ireland. ... This is a list of Irish by-elections, with the names of the incumbent and victor and their respective parties. ... There are a number of political parties in the Republic of Ireland, and coalition governments are common. ... This is an incomplete list of public-representative office-holders, elected and appointed, past and present, in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. ... The European Union or EU is a supranational organisation of European countries, which currently has 25 member states. ... Image File history File links European_flag. ... The Republic of Ireland is involved in a number of outstanding international disputes. ...

Northern Ireland is an administrative region and one of four parts of the United Kingdom. ...

The Irish Government contains a number of departments or ministries, known in the Republic of Ireland as a Department of State (Roinn Stáit in Irish). The head of such a department is a Minister of the Government (Aire Rialtais in Irish), which should not be confused with Minister of State which is a junior non-cabinet minister who is attached to a Department of State. The Government (Irish: Rialtas) is the cabinet that exercises executive authority in the Republic of Ireland. ... A Minister of State, in the Republic of Ireland, is a junior minister of non-cabinet rank, attached to one or more Departments of State of the cabinet. ...


The law regarding the Departments of State and Ministers of the Government is detailed in the Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924. The Constitution of Ireland also has significant legal effect on functions and structures. The Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924 was one of the key statute laws enacted by the Irish Free State. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Constitution of Ireland is the founding legal document of the state known today as the Republic of Ireland. ...


Overview

There are fifteen individual Departments of State in the Irish Government. Each Department is lead by a Minister of the Government, who is appointed by the Taoiseach, and cover matters that require direct political oversight. For all Departments, the Minister in question is simply known as Minister for... and is a member of the Cabinet, a cabinet level minister without a department is called a Minister without portfolio but currently their is none of such standing. A Minister of the Government is generally supported by a team of junior ministers, officially called Ministers of State. The Taoiseach (plural: Taoisigh) or, more formally, An Taoiseach, is the head of government of the Republic of Ireland and the leader of the Irish cabinet. ... The Government (Irish: Rialtas) is the cabinet that exercises executive authority in the Republic of Ireland. ... A Minister without Portfolio is a government minister with no specific responsibilities. ... A Minister of State, in the Republic of Ireland, is a junior minister of non-cabinet rank, attached to one or more Departments of State of the cabinet. ...


The Minister of the Government has the power to suggest and propose new or amended legislation to the Government relating to matters that arise in his or her own department. Ministers also entitled to make "Statutory Instruments". These are also known as delegated or secondary legislation. Statutory Instruments allow the minister to give effect to or implement legislation without the need to have every detail passed by the Oireachtas. Statutory Instruments do not have to be approved by the Oireachtas, although they may be cancelled by either the Dáil or the Seanad. Legislation refers to the process of enacting statutory laws, or to the set of statutory laws in a state. ... The Oireachtas is the National Parliament of the Republic of Ireland. ... Dáil Éireann[1] is the lower house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of the Republic of Ireland. ... Seanad Éireann (English: Senate of Ireland), the Irish Senate, is the upper house of the Oireachtas: the parliament of the Republic of Ireland1. ...


Each Department of State has a permanent staff that remains in office regardless of changes in Government or the Oireachtas. The Departments' staff are described as the civil service. The administrative management of the Department is led by a senior civil servant known as a Secretary-General. These officials advise and assist the minister in the running of the department. The Oireachtas is the National Parliament of the Republic of Ireland. ... The civil service (an stát-sheirbhís in Irish) of the Republic of Ireland consists of two broad components, the Civil Service of the Government and the Civil Service of the State. ...


List of Departments of State

This is a list of current Departments of State, listed under their present title.

Department of State Creation Minister
Agriculture & Food 1919 Mary Coughlan
Defence 1919 Willie O'Dea
Enterprise, Trade & Employment 1919 Micheál Martin
Environment, Heritage & Local Government 1919 Dick Roche
Finance 1919 Brian Cowen
Foreign Affairs 1919 Dermot Ahern
Justice, Equality & Law Reform 1919 Michael McDowell
Communications, Marine & Natural Resources 1921 Noel Dempsey
Education & Science 1921 Mary Hanafin
Taoiseach 1937 Bertie Ahern
Health & Children 1947 Mary Harney
Social & Family Affairs 1947 Séamus Brennan
Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs 1956 Éamon Ó Cúiv
Transport 1959 Martin Cullen
Arts, Sport & Tourism 1977 John O'Donoghue

The Department of Agriculture and Food (An Roinn Talmhaíochta agus Bia) is a department of the Irish government. ... See also the famous Irish Jazz-Singer Mary Coughlan (singer). ... Willie ODea (born November, 1952), is an Irish politician. ... The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (An Roinn Fiontar, Trádála agus Fostaíochta) is a department of the Irish government. ... Micheál Martin (born August, 1960) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician. ... The Custom House, Dublin, is the headquarters of the Department. ... Dick Roche (born March 1947) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician and is currently the Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government. ... Government Buildings, Dublin, is the location of the Department of Finance The Department of Finance (An Roinn Airgeadais) is a department of the Irish government. ... The Irish Minister for Finance Brian Cowen, TD Brian Cowen (born January 10, 1960) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician. ... The Department of Foreign Affairs (An Roinn Gnóthaí Eachtracha) is the government department of the Irish government that is responsible for promoting the interests of Ireland abroad. ... Dermot Ahern (born February 2, 1955) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2004. ... The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform (An Roinn Dlí agus Cirt, Comhionannais agus Athchóirithe Dlí) is a department of the Irish government. ... Michael McDowell (pronounced McDool) (born May, 1951) is a senior Irish Progressive Democrats politician. ... Noel Dempsey (born January 1953), is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician. ... The Department of Education and Science (An Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta) is a department of the Irish government. ... Mary Hanafin (born June 1959) is a senior Irish politician. ... Government Buildings, Dublin, is the location of the Department of the Taoiseach The Department of the Taoiseach (Irish: Roinn an Taoisigh) is the government department of the prime minister of the Republic of Ireland, An Taoiseach (in the Irish language, the leader). ... Patrick Bartholemew Ahern (Irish name: Pádraig Parthalán Ó hEachthairn) (born September 12, 1951), commonly called Bertie Ahern, is an Irish politician. ... Mary Harney (born March 11, 1953) is an Irish politician who has been the leader of the Progressive Democrats (the fourth largest political party in Ireland) since 1993. ... Séamus Brennan (born February 16, 1948) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician. ... Éamon Ó Cuív (born June 1950) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician and is currently the Minister for Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs. ... Martin Cullen Martin Cullen (born November 1954) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician. ... John ODonoghue (born May 1956) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician. ...

Past Departments

Department of Posts & Telegraphs 1922-1984 Subsumed by Department of Communications
Department of the Co-ordination of Defensive Measures 1939-1945 Subsumed by Department of Defence
Department of Supplies 1939-1945 Subsumed by Department of Industry & Commerce
Department of Labour 1966-1993 Subsumed by Department of Enterprise & Employment
Department of the Public Service 1973-1987 Subsumed by Department of Tourism & Transport
Department of Communications 1984-1991 Subsumed by Department of Tourism, Transport & Communications
Department of Equality & Law Reform 1993-1997 Subsumed by Department of Justice

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