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    Ireland Government - 2006
    http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/ireland/ireland_government.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Ireland
      local long form: none
      local short form: Eire

      Government type:
      parliamentary democracy

      Capital:
      Dublin

      Administrative divisions:
      26 counties; Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow
      note: Cavan, Donegal, and Monaghan are part of Ulster Province

      Independence:
      6 December 1921 (from UK by treaty)

      National holiday:
      Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March

      Constitution:
      adopted 1 July 1937 by plebiscite; effective 29 December 1937

      Legal system:
      based on English common law, substantially modified by indigenous concepts; judicial review of legislative acts in Supreme Court; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Mary MCALEESE (since 11 November 1997)
      head of government: Prime Minister Bertie AHERN (since 26 June 1997)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president with previous nomination by the prime minister and approval of the House of Representatives
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a seven-year term; election last held 31 October 1997 (next scheduled for October 2011); note - Mary MCALEESE appointed to a second term when no other candidate qualified for the 2004 presidential election; prime minister (taoiseach) nominated by the House of Representatives and appointed by the president
      election results: Mary MCALEESE elected president; percent of vote - Mary MCALEESE 44.8%, Mary BANOTTI 29.6%
      note: government coalition - Fianna Fail and the Progressive Democrats

      Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament or Oireachtas consists of the Senate or Seanad Eireann (60 seats - 49 elected by the universities and from candidates put forward by five vocational panels, 11 are nominated by the prime minister; members serve five-year terms) and the House of Representatives or Dail Eireann (166 seats; members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve five-year terms)
      elections: Senate - last held 16 and 17 July 2002 (next to be held by July 2007); House of Representatives - last held 17 May 2002 (next to be held by May 2007)
      election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - Fianna Fail 30, Fine Gael 15, Labor Party 5, Progressive Democrats 4, independents and other 6; House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - Fianna Fail 41.5%, Fine Gael 22.5%, Labor Party 10.8%, Sinn Fein 6.5%, Progressive Democrats 4.0%, Green Party 3.8%, other 10.9%; seats by party - Fianna Fail 81, Fine Gael 31, Labor Party 21, Sinn Fein 5, Progressive Democrats 8, Green Party 6, other 14

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court (judges appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister and cabinet)

      Political parties and leaders:
      Fianna Fail [Bertie AHERN]; Fine Gael [Enda KENNY]; Green Party [Trevor SARGENT]; Labor Party [Pat RABITTE]; Progressive Democrats [Mary HARNEY]; Sinn Fein [Gerry ADAMS]; Socialist Party [Joe HIGGINS]; The Workers' Party [Sean GARLAND]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      Australia Group, BIS, CE, EAPC, EBRD, EIB, EMU, ESA, EU, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITU, MIGA, MINURSO, MONUC, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, Paris Club, PCA, PFP, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNMIL, UNMOVIC, UNOCI, UNTSO, UPU, WCO, WEU (observer), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Noel FAHEY
      chancery: 2234 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 462-3939
      FAX: [1] (202) 232-5993
      consulate(s) general: Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador James C. KENNY
      embassy: 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
      mailing address: use embassy street address
      telephone: [353] (1) 668-8777
      FAX: [353] (1) 668-9946

      Flag description:
      three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and orange; similar to the flag of Cote d'Ivoire, which is shorter and has the colors reversed - orange (hoist side), white, and green; also similar to the flag of Italy, which is shorter and has colors of green (hoist side), white, and red


      NOTE: The information regarding Ireland on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Ireland Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Ireland Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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