Welcome to day 5 of my ‘Mapping the state’ blog. Today, I look at the
Framework of the Irish government. Make sure to take a look at my other posts
in the Mapping the state series, where I look at Local governments, Quangos
and the Judiciary and the Oireachtas.
The Irish people:
The Irish people elect the president, members of the European Parliament, members of Dail Eireann and the Local government.
The European Parliament:
Members of the European Parliament are elected by the Irish people.
The local Government:
The local government are elected by the Irish people, whom they represent.
The courts are accountable to the Oireachtas
The Oireachtas is composed of the President and the two houses of the Oireachtas, Dail Eireann and Seanad Eireann. They both meet in Leinster House in Dublin.
The Irish people directly elect the president for a seven year term in office. He directly appoints the courts.
The Dail is the lower house of the Oireachtas and is comprised of Teachta Dala (TD’s) who are directly elected by the Irish people to represent yhem in the Dail.
The Seanad is the upper house of the Oireachtas and is elected by a mixture of the Local government, the Dail and two select universities (NUI and Trinity College).
The Taoiseach is nominated by the Teachta Dala and is appointed by the President.
The Taoiseach nominates government ministers and the President appoints them.
The Minister of State:
The ministers of state are nominated by the Taoiseach and appointed by government ministers.
The Public Service:
The public service consists of government workers employed by the state.