Political Conditions in Ireland

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Type of State
Ireland is a sovereign, independent, democratic state with a parliamentary system of government. The president, who serves as head of state in a largely ceremonial role, is elected for a 7-year term and can be re-elected only once. There is universal suffrage for those over 18.
Executive Power
President, chief of state and Prime Minister (Taoiseach), head of government.
Legislative Power
Bicameral national Parliament (Oireachtas): House of Representatives (Dail) and Senate (Seanad).
Main Political Parties
- Fianna Fail: represents the tradition that rejected the treaty because the present six counties of Northern Ireland were excluded from the outset.
- Fine Gael: Fine Gael represents the tradition that accepted the treaty as a stepping-stone to an eventual republic of the whole island.
- Others: Labor, Progressive Democrats, Green Party, Sinn Fein.
Current Political Leaders
President: Mary McAleese, since November 1997, reelected in October 2004 (Fianna Fail)
Prime Minister: Enda KENNY (since 9 March 2011)
Next Election Dates
Presidential elections: October 2011
Parliamentary: 2016

Indicator of Freedom of the Press

World Rank:
3 places up compared to 2008

Source: Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders


Indicator of Political Freedom

Political Freedom:
Civil Liberties:

Map of freedom 2010
Source: Freedom House

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