Day 2: Local government and ranking the departments

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The two biggest government bodies, the Oireachtas and the Judicary are in the closest proximity to the department of the Taoiseach. They are the most important to the state.

Now to take a look at local governments and their proximity to the department of the Taoiseach. Each county has its own local government. The smaller the local government, the further away from the department of the Taoiseach it will be.

Below, I have listed two of the largest and two of the smallest local governments along with some important figures that go with them.

Largest local governments:

Cork County Council-

CEO-  Tim Lucey

Population-  399,802

Population Density: 54km

Councillors-32

 

Dublin City Council-

CEO- Owen Keegan

Councillors- 63

Population- 527,612

Population density- 4486km

 

Smallest local governments:

Longford County Council-

CEO- Tim Caffrey

Population- 39,000

Population density- 35.7km

 

Leitrim County Council-

CEO- Frank Curran

Population- 31,798

Population density- 20km

 

Ranking of Departments-

 

  1. Department of The Taoiseach

The government department of the Taoiseach based in Government Buildings, in Dublin. Created in 1937, the main role of the Department is to support and advise the Taoiseach in carrying out various duties.The Department has a pivotal role in acting as a link between the President, the Taoiseach and other Departments of State.

2.  Department of Defense

This Department was founded at the first meeting of The Dail in 1919. This Department is responsible for preserving the peace and security in Ireland, it is led by The Minister for Defense who is assisted by one other Minister.

3. Department of Justice & Equality

This Department was also founded in 1919. It is led by The Minister for Justice and Equality who is assisted by two Ministers of State. The department’s mission is to maintain and enhance community security and to promote a fairer society in Ireland.

4. Department of Finance

Founded in 1919, this Department is led by the Minister For Finance who is assisted by one Minister of State. The Department of Finance is responsible for the administration of the public finances of the Republic of Ireland and all powers, duties and functions connected.

5. Departments of Public Expenditure & Reform

This Department was established in 1919. It is led by the Minister for Public Expenditure and reform who is assisted by one Ministers of State. The Department took over the functions of Public Expenditure from the Department of Finance.

6. Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Founded in 1919, responsible for promoting the interests of Ireland in the European Union and the wider world. The head of the Department is the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade who is assisted by two Ministers of State.

7. Department of Social Protection

Founded in 1947, the mission of the department is to promote a caring society through ensuring access to income support and other services, enabling active participation, promoting social inclusion and supporting families. It is led by the Minister for Social Protection who is assisted by one Minister of State.

8. Department of Children & Youth Affairs

Founded in 1956, the Department is led by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs. The Department is responsible for Children & Youth Affairs.

9. Department of Health

Founded in 1947, the Department’s mission is to “support, protect and empower individuals, families and their communities to achieve their full health potential by putting health at the centre of public policy and by leading the development of high quality, equitable and efficient health and personal social services.” The Department is led by the Minister for Health who is assisted by four Ministers of State.

10. Department of Education & Skills

This Department was founded in 1921, it is led by the Minister for Education and Skills who is assisted by one Minister of State.

11. Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine

Founded in 1919. The mission of the Department is to lead the sustainable development of a competitive, consumer focused agri-food sector and to contribute to a vibrant rural economy and society. It is led by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine who is assisted by one Minister of State.

12. Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Founded in 1959, this is a Department of the Government of Ireland that is responsible for transport policy and overseeing transport services and infrastructure. The Department is led by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport who is assisted by two Ministers of State.

13. Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

Founded in 1921, this is a department of the Government of Ireland that is responsible for the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors and regulates, protects and develops the natural resources of Ireland. The head of the department is the Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources who is assisted by one Minister of State.

14. Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

Founded in 1919. It is led by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation who is assisted by two Ministers of State.

15. Department of Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht 

Founded in 1977.  It is led by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs who is assisted by two Ministers of State.

 

All info: Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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