History UsefulNotes / IrishPoliticalSystem

9th Apr '16 4:53:17 AM moloch
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*** 11 Senators are nominated by the Taoiseach, ensuring a comfortable government majority. Can lead to obvious 'jobs for the boys', like with Eoghan Harris [[labelnote:full story]] nominated after having made a heartfelt plea for Bertie Ahern's re-election as Taoiseach seven days before the election[[/labelnote]], Ivor Callely [[labelnote:full story]] nominated despite a) receiving a free paint-job on his house from a business crony, b) losing a Dáil election in 2007 and c) losing a Seanad election in 2007[[/labelnote]] and Fidelma Healy-Eames [[labelnote: full story]] Has contested and lost ''four'' general elections in Galway, and become notorious as ''[[MemeticMutation Fidelma Freely-Memes]]" for a) claiming gay marriage would lead to the [[InsaneTrollLogic banning of Mother's Day]], a "fact" she got from an American holocaust-denier's website, b) hash-tagging her supportive comments of a Minister coming out with [[TotallyRadical #sexualorientation]] and c) asking for Leinster House's "wiffycode"[[/labelnote]] .

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*** 11 Senators are nominated by the Taoiseach, ensuring a comfortable government majority. Can lead to obvious 'jobs for the boys', like with Eoghan Harris [[labelnote:full story]] nominated after having made a heartfelt plea for Bertie Ahern's re-election as Taoiseach seven days before the election[[/labelnote]], Ivor Callely [[labelnote:full story]] nominated despite a) receiving a free paint-job on his house from a business crony, b) losing a Dáil election in 2007 and c) losing a Seanad election in 2007[[/labelnote]] and Fidelma Healy-Eames [[labelnote: full story]] Has contested and lost ''four'' general elections in Galway, and become notorious as ''[[MemeticMutation Fidelma Freely-Memes]]" for a) claiming gay marriage would lead to the [[InsaneTrollLogic banning of Mother's Day]], a "fact" she got from an American holocaust-denier's website, b) hash-tagging her supportive comments of a Minister coming out with [[TotallyRadical #sexualorientation]] and c) asking for Leinster House's "wiffycode"[[/labelnote]] .
"wiffycode" and general cluelessness about common technology[[/labelnote]] .
9th Apr '16 4:50:35 AM moloch
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*** 11 Senators are nominated by the Taoiseach, ensuring a comfortable government majority. Can lead to obvious 'jobs for the boys'. Notably, in the 2007 Seanad, Eoghan Harris was nominated having made a heartfelt plea for Bertie Ahern's re-election as Taoiseach seven days before the election whilst Ivor Callely was nominated despite a) receiving a free paint-job on his house from a business crony, b) losing a Dáil election in 2007 and c) losing a Seanad election in 2007.

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*** 11 Senators are nominated by the Taoiseach, ensuring a comfortable government majority. Can lead to obvious 'jobs for the boys'. Notably, in the 2007 Seanad, boys', like with Eoghan Harris was [[labelnote:full story]] nominated after having made a heartfelt plea for Bertie Ahern's re-election as Taoiseach seven days before the election whilst election[[/labelnote]], Ivor Callely was [[labelnote:full story]] nominated despite a) receiving a free paint-job on his house from a business crony, b) losing a Dáil election in 2007 and c) losing a Seanad election in 2007.
2007[[/labelnote]] and Fidelma Healy-Eames [[labelnote: full story]] Has contested and lost ''four'' general elections in Galway, and become notorious as ''[[MemeticMutation Fidelma Freely-Memes]]" for a) claiming gay marriage would lead to the [[InsaneTrollLogic banning of Mother's Day]], a "fact" she got from an American holocaust-denier's website, b) hash-tagging her supportive comments of a Minister coming out with [[TotallyRadical #sexualorientation]] and c) asking for Leinster House's "wiffycode"[[/labelnote]] .
9th Apr '16 4:27:59 AM moloch
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* '''Renua Ireland''' (3 [=TDs=], 2 Senators, 3 local): Ireland's newest party, a Fine Gael splinter party formed in 2015 by Lucinda Creighton and financial advisor/TV personality Eddie Hobbs. Broadly neo-liberal on economic issues and socially conservative, Creighton having been expelled from Fine Gael for defying the party whip with regard to the party's (vaguely) pro-abortion-in-life-or-death-circumstances stance. Roughly speaking, Fine Gael's [=PDs=].

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* '''Renua Ireland''' (3 [=TDs=], 2 Senators, 3 local): Ireland's newest party, a Fine Gael splinter party formed in 2015 by Lucinda Creighton and financial advisor/TV personality Eddie Hobbs. Broadly neo-liberal on economic issues and socially conservative, Creighton having been expelled from Fine Gael for defying the party whip with regard to the party's (vaguely) pro-abortion-in-life-or-death-circumstances stance. Roughly speaking, Fine Gael's [=PDs=]. After much big talk before the 2016 election, [[EpicFail every sitting member lost their seat and not one new candidate was elected.]] Their only Oireachtas member is Lucinda Creighton's husband, who retains his Seanad seat from before the party's founding.
30th Nov '15 10:05:50 AM FF32
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* It also states that ''"all powers of government derive, under God, from the people"'', another one for RichardDawkins to get at.

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* It also states that ''"all powers of government derive, under God, from the people"'', another one for RichardDawkins UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins to get at.
12th Nov '15 5:34:12 AM karstovich2
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The Constitution of Ireland (''Bunreacht na hÉireann'') is composed of a Preamble and fifty Articles. It can only be changed by referendum (a vote of all adult citizens), and it has been changed twenty-four times since its adoption in 1937. Oddities and controversies in the constitution include:

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The Constitution of Ireland (''Bunreacht na hÉireann'') is composed of a Preamble and fifty Articles. It can only be changed by referendum (a vote of all adult citizens), and it has been changed twenty-four thirty-three times since its adoption in 1937. Oddities and controversies in the constitution include:



* LGBT activists protest that Article 41.3.1˚ states that ''"The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of marriage, on which the Family is founded"'', which impinges the rights of same-sex unions. It also affects men's rights, such as ''State (Nicolaou) v. An Bord Uchtála'' which judged that an unmarried father could not prevent his child's mother from placing their child for adoption, as they were not a 'Family'.

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* LGBT activists protest that Article 41.3.1˚ states that ''"The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of marriage, on which the Family is founded"'', which impinges the rights of same-sex unions.unions; this issue is now moot after the passage of the Thirty-Fourth Amendment formally establishing that both same-sex and opposite-sex couples have a right to marry (don't ask how there have been thirty-three amendments and this one is the thirty-fourth). It also affects men's rights, such as ''State (Nicolaou) v. An Bord Uchtála'' which judged that an unmarried father could not prevent his child's mother from placing their child for adoption, as they were not a 'Family'.
30th Oct '15 11:49:57 AM Josef5678
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* '''Fianna Fáil''' ("fee-anna fawl"; "Warriors of Ireland") (19 [=TDs=], 14 Sen, 3 [=MEPs=], 406 local) is a right-wing populist republican party which has ruled the country for most of its existence; it was most recently in power from June 1997 to March 2011. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, who were nevertheless pragmatic enough to realize they'd been beaten in the Civil War and would have to get their Republic through elections and internal reform of the Free State (this was Éamon de Valera's strategy, and FF is his party). In modern times FF has become synonymous with the corrupt élite who had an all-too-close relationship with property developers and senior bankers, fuelling the implosion of the Irish property bubble and the near-collapse of the State. [[IncrediblyLamePun Jokes about "fail"]] are understandably rather common (if memory serves, even ''TheEconomist'' has gotten in on the action). Their loss to Fine Gael in the 2011 election was not only the biggest in party history, but the worst ever in Irish politics and among the worst in Europe - they lost ''fifty-seven'' seats, beating the previous record of just fifteen.

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* '''Fianna Fáil''' ("fee-anna fawl"; "Warriors of Ireland") (19 [=TDs=], 14 Sen, 3 [=MEPs=], 406 local) is a right-wing populist republican party which has ruled the country for most of its existence; it was most recently in power from June 1997 to March 2011. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, who were nevertheless pragmatic enough to realize they'd been beaten in the Civil War and would have to get their Republic through elections and internal reform of the Free State (this was Éamon de Valera's strategy, and FF is his party). In modern times FF has become synonymous with the corrupt élite who had an all-too-close relationship with property developers and senior bankers, fuelling the implosion of the Irish property bubble and the near-collapse of the State. [[IncrediblyLamePun Jokes about "fail"]] are understandably rather common (if memory serves, even ''TheEconomist'' ''Magazine/TheEconomist'' has gotten in on the action). Their loss to Fine Gael in the 2011 election was not only the biggest in party history, but the worst ever in Irish politics and among the worst in Europe - they lost ''fifty-seven'' seats, beating the previous record of just fifteen.
2nd Oct '15 7:50:38 AM moloch
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There are county councils representing the 26 traditional counties, except that County Dublin is divided into Fingal County, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County and South Dublin County; County Tipperary is split into South and North; and the cities of Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford are administrated separately to their counties.

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There are county councils representing the 26 traditional counties, except that County Dublin is divided into Fingal County, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County and South Dublin County; County Tipperary is was split into South and North; North Ridings until 2014; and the cities of Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford are administrated separately to their counties.
2nd Oct '15 7:12:33 AM moloch
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Cearbhall[[labelnote:''Pronunciation'']] Cya-ROOL. In English, it'd be ''Cyril Daly''[[/labelnote]] Ó Dálaigh (1911--1978) took over after Childers died. He was in office for less than two years, since he did not get on well with the Fine Gael/Labour coalition and in particular Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.

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Cearbhall[[labelnote:''Pronunciation'']] Cya-ROOL. In English, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh [[labelnote:''Pronunciation'']] Cya-ROOL O Dawlig. For reference, in English translation, it'd be ''Cyril Daly''[[/labelnote]] Daly'', but that was never his legal name and as such, should never be substituted for "Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh Dálaigh".[[/labelnote]] (1911--1978) took over after Childers died. He was in office for less than two years, since he did not get on well with the Fine Gael/Labour coalition and in particular Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. \n The only president to resign the position.
2nd Oct '15 7:06:27 AM moloch
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Cearball Ó Dálaigh (1911--1978) took over after Childers died. He was in office for less than two years, since he did not get on well with the Fine Gael/Labour coalition and in particular Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.

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Cearball Cearbhall[[labelnote:''Pronunciation'']] Cya-ROOL. In English, it'd be ''Cyril Daly''[[/labelnote]] Ó Dálaigh (1911--1978) took over after Childers died. He was in office for less than two years, since he did not get on well with the Fine Gael/Labour coalition and in particular Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.
2nd Oct '15 5:57:06 AM moloch
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* The Irish language is the 'first official language', even though few speak it (''is teanga deacair í a fhoghlaim, agus ní mhúintear maith í sa scoil freisin''), while English is a 'second language', despite being the mother tongue of 95 plus percent of citizens.

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* The Irish language is the 'first official language', even though few speak it (''is (''deirtear gur teanga deacair í a fhoghlaim, agus ní mhúintear maith í sa scoil freisin''), while English is a 'second language', despite being the mother tongue of 95 plus percent of citizens.
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