History UsefulNotes / PrimeMinistersOfIreland

28th Jul '16 10:36:12 AM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: Within Fine Gael, due to the abortion debate and several [=TDs=] in the (generally socially conservative) party not happy with what some call the party's "forced march" into the 21st century.
1st Jul '16 12:23:52 PM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: For Fianna Fáil.
14th Jun '16 11:03:27 AM diarmo
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Enda Kenny (b 1951) is notable for several things: at 59 he was the second oldest 'first time' Taoiseach (only Lemass was older) and is the current Father of the Dáil having represented Mayo [[LongRunner since 1975.]] He also holds the largest majority in the Dáil of any Taoiseach ever thanks to the best ever performance of both Fine Gael and his coalition partners Labour and the ''worst'' ever result for Fianna Fáil. He then proceeded to slowly run this advantage into the ground, eventually reaching public approval ratings so low they rivaled the previous government's.

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Enda Kenny (b 1951) is notable for several things: at 59 he was the second oldest 'first time' Taoiseach (only Lemass was older) and is the current Father of the Dáil having represented Mayo [[LongRunner since 1975.]] He also holds initially held the largest majority in the Dáil of any Taoiseach ever thanks to the best ever performance of both Fine Gael and his coalition partners Labour and the ''worst'' ever result for Fianna Fáil. He then proceeded to slowly run this advantage into the ground, eventually reaching public approval ratings so low they rivaled the previous government's.
government's. However, he did manage to become the first Fine Gael Taoiseach to retain the office (albeit without Labour) when he successfully pulled together a minority government after the 2016 general election.



* MeetTheNewBoss: While this has always been in effect in politics, his policies on the bailout and especially the dreaded property tax and water charges were promised not to be brought in, but were done anyway. The water charges issue is a huge bone of contention for most people.

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* MeetTheNewBoss: While this has always been in effect in politics, his policies on the bailout and especially the dreaded property tax and water charges were promised not to be brought in, but were done anyway. The water charges issue is has been a huge bone of contention for most many people.
27th May '16 5:53:00 AM moloch
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* HeAlsoDid: He was also an All-Ireland-winning hurler and footballer, named as midfielder on the Team Of The Century by the GAA, and the only person to captain the footballers and the hurlers in the same year. [[note]]He also captained Cork in the "Thunder And Lightning Final" - only four hours after [[UsefulNotesWorldWarTwo Britain declared war on Germany]], they played Kilkenny through a raging thunderstorm, eventually losing 2-7 to 3-3.[[/note]]

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* HeAlsoDid: He was also an All-Ireland-winning hurler and footballer, named as midfielder on the Team Of The Century by the GAA, and the only person to captain the footballers and the hurlers in the same year. [[note]]He also captained Cork in the "Thunder And Lightning Final" - only four hours after [[UsefulNotesWorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Britain declared war on Germany]], they played Kilkenny through a raging thunderstorm, eventually losing 2-7 to 3-3.[[/note]]
9th Apr '16 3:09:34 AM moloch
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Charles J. Haughey (1925--2006) is probably the most polarising of all the people on this list. Opinions on him range from saint to JerkWithAHeartOfGold to Ireland's answer to UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. Even before his premiership he achieved infamy for being one of two government ministers found to be running arms to the IRA during UsefulNotes/TheTroubles. He was dismissed from frontline politics, but staged a return a few years later with grassroots support, much to then Taioseach Jack Lynch's chagrin. He attained the premiership in 1979, and oversaw Ireland's first economic recession in the 1980s. Naturally he was blamed for this, though as well as the typical amount of blame that befalls any national leader during economic hardship, Haughey came in for special criticism. He infamously gave a televised address to the nation in 1980 where he told the public that "we are living well beyond our means", proceeded to crank up government spending, taxation and borrowing for his first two terms, and then introduced severe austerity policies upon returning to power in 1987, all while living in an actual mansion.

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Charles J. Haughey (1925--2006) is probably the most polarising of all the people on this list. Opinions on him range from saint to JerkWithAHeartOfGold to Ireland's answer to UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. Even before his premiership he achieved infamy for being one of two government ministers found to be running arms to the IRA during UsefulNotes/TheTroubles. He was dismissed from frontline politics, but staged a return a few years later with grassroots support, much to then Taioseach Jack Lynch's chagrin. He attained the premiership in 1979, and oversaw Ireland's first economic recession in the 1980s. Naturally he was blamed for this, though as well as the typical amount of blame that befalls any national leader during economic hardship, Haughey came in for special criticism. He infamously gave a televised address to the nation in 1980 where he told the public that "we are living well beyond our means", proceeded to crank up government spending, taxation and borrowing for his first two terms, and then introduced severe austerity policies upon returning to power in 1987, all while 1987 - this is a man who was [[{{Hypocrite}} living in an actual mansion.
mansion and owned his own island]].
4th Dec '15 1:25:56 PM cillianflood
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The Republic of Ireland is a parliamentary democracy, modelled after that of Great Britain. As such, the head of government is the Prime Minister, though in Ireland that post is [[InsistentTerminology always referred to]] by its Irish language equivalent of ''Taoiseach'' (tee-shuck). The term "Prime Minister" is only used by foreign media, and occasionally foreign leaders, as the word "Taoiseach" would simply fall on confused ears when spoken outside of Ireland. It is for this same reason that this page is titled "Prime Ministers of Ireland" rather than "Taoisigh[[note]]Plural of ''Taoiseach'', obviously[[/note]] na hÉireann".

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The Republic of Ireland is a parliamentary democracy, modelled after that of Great Britain. As such, the head of government is the Prime Minister, though in Ireland that post is [[InsistentTerminology always referred to]] by its Irish language equivalent of ''Taoiseach'' (tee-shuck).(tee-shuck, literally means Chief). The term "Prime Minister" is only used by foreign media, and occasionally foreign leaders, as the word "Taoiseach" would simply fall on confused ears when spoken outside of Ireland. It is for this same reason that this page is titled "Prime Ministers of Ireland" rather than "Taoisigh[[note]]Plural of ''Taoiseach'', obviously[[/note]] na hÉireann".
13th Nov '15 8:28:30 PM karstovich2
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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: It is traditional for the Taoiseach to visit Washington DC on St. Patrick's Day. In 2009, Cowen made the trip to visit new US President UsefulNotes/BarackObama. The men held a press conference and gave speeches, but due to a teleprompter mix-up, Cowen ended up reading the speech Obama had just read. In response, Obama returned to the podium, laughing, and thanked President Obama for inviting everyone.

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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: It is traditional for that every few years, the Taoiseach to will visit Washington Washington, DC on St. Patrick's Day. In 2009, Cowen made the trip to visit new US President UsefulNotes/BarackObama. The men held a press conference and gave speeches, but due to a teleprompter mix-up, Cowen ended up reading the speech Obama had just read. In response, Obama returned to the podium, laughing, and thanked President Obama for inviting everyone.
2nd Oct '15 10:02:38 AM moloch
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* BaseBreaker: May be about to become this within Fine Gael, due to the abortion debate and several TDs in the party not happy with the way the legislation is written.

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* BaseBreaker: May be about to become this within Within Fine Gael, due to the abortion debate and several TDs [=TDs=] in the (generally socially conservative) party not happy with what some call the way party's "forced march" into the legislation is written.21st century.



* DarkHorseVictory: For literally ''decades'' he was largely considered something of a non-entity in the Irish political world. This perception slowly began to change in 2007 when he led Fine Gael to a much better performance than in the previous election but it was only as the Cowen government disintergrated and the full scale of the crisis emerged that he finally emerged as the nation's dominant politician.
* DullSurprise

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* DarkHorseVictory: For literally ''decades'' he was largely considered something of a non-entity an also-ran in the Irish political world. This perception slowly began to change in 2007 when he led Fine Gael to a much better performance than in the previous election but it was only as the Cowen government disintergrated disintegrated, and the full scale of the crisis emerged emerged, that he finally emerged as the nation's dominant politician.
* DullSurpriseDullSurprise: Often criticized for being a charisma-less vacuum in person.



* IncompetenceInc: Irish Water. Set up under the bailout terms by his government, it has become perhaps the most divisive issue of his term. Charges were not decided until ''the day before they came into effect'', people resisted installation of water meters by substandard contractors and some were arrested for doing so and bonuses were announced for even underperforming management, with many calling it another quango. Even the minister assigned to set up the company called it a disaster. As a result, it led to the largest organised protests in the country's history.

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* IncompetenceInc: Irish Water. Set up under the bailout terms by his government, with the aim of charging for the public water supply (notably without the government repealing the taxes that ''already'' pay for the water supply) it has become perhaps the most divisive issue of his term. Charges were not decided until ''the day before they came into effect'', people resisted (and continue to resist) installation of water meters by substandard contractors and contractors, some were arrested for doing so (including a sitting [=TD=] who had been elected on a platform of non-payment and whom the government [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial denies was specifically targeted by police]]), and threatened to sic debt collectors on non-payers. Then bonuses were announced for even its underperforming management, with many calling it another quango.management. Even the minister assigned to set up the company called it a disaster. As a result, it led to the largest organised protests in the country's history.
2nd Oct '15 7:23:28 AM moloch
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* PuttingOnTheReich: Averted. In an era where many European countries were experimenting with facism, Cosgrave's Ireland remained staunchly democratic. Even when he merged his party with Eoin O'Duffy's quasi-fascist Blueshirts to form Fine Gael, he dismissed the organisation's more [[PuttingOnTheReich outlandish tendencies]] and they eventually disbanded, leaving the new Fine Gael as democratic as any other party.

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* PuttingOnTheReich: Averted. In an era where many European countries were experimenting with facism, fascism, Cosgrave's Ireland remained staunchly democratic. Even when he merged his party with Eoin O'Duffy's quasi-fascist Blueshirts to form Fine Gael, he dismissed the organisation's more [[PuttingOnTheReich outlandish tendencies]] and they eventually disbanded, leaving the new Fine Gael as democratic as any other party.
7th Sep '15 12:51:10 PM nombretomado
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** By way of explanation, he was born in NewYorkCity to a Cuban father and an Irish mother. He moved to Ireland with his uncle at the age of two when his father died.

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** By way of explanation, he was born in NewYorkCity UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity to a Cuban father and an Irish mother. He moved to Ireland with his uncle at the age of two when his father died.
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