Republic of Ireland

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Ireland[a]
Éire (Irish)
Flag
Anthem: "Amhrán na bhFiann"  
"The Soldier's Song"
Location of the  Republic of Ireland  (dark green)– on the European continent  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  —  [Legend]
Location of the  Republic of Ireland  (dark green)

– on the European continent  (green & dark grey)
– in the European Union  (green)  —  [Legend]

Capital
and largest city
Dublin
53°20.65′N 6°16.05′W / 53.34417°N 6.2675°W / 53.34417; -6.2675
Official languages Irish
English
Ethnic groups (2006) 87% Irish,
13% others and unspecified[1][2]
Demonym Irish
Government Constitutional
Parliamentary republic
 -  President Michael D. Higgins
 -  Taoiseach Enda Kenny
 -  Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore
Legislature Oireachtas
 -  Upper house Seanad Éireann
 -  Lower house Dáil Éireann
Independence from the United Kingdom
 -  Declared 24 April 1916 
 -  Ratified 21 January 1919 
 -  Recognised 6 December 1922 
 -  Constitution 29 December 1937 
 -  Left the Commonwealth 18 April 1949 
Area
 -  Total 70,273 km2 (120th)
27,133 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 2.00
Population
 -  2011 census 4,581,269 (119th)
 -  Density 65.2/km2 (142nd)
168.8/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
 -  Total $172.345 billion[3]
 -  Per capita $38,549[3]
GDP (nominal) 2010 estimate
 -  Total $204.261 billion[3]
 -  Per capita $45,688[3]
HDI (2011) Steady 0.908[4]
very high · 7th
Currency Euro ()Prior to 2002, Ireland used the punt (Irish pound) as its circulated currency. The euro was introduced as an accounting currency in 1999. (EUR)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 -  Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC+1)
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Drives on the left
Calling code 353
Internet TLD .ie[b]
a. ^  Article 4 of the Constitution of Ireland declares that the name of the state is Ireland; Section 2 of the Republic of Ireland Act 1948 declares that the description of the state is the Republic of Ireland.[5]
b. ^  The .eu domain is also used, as it is shared with other European Union member states.

Ireland is a European country on the island of Ireland. It is a member of the European Union. The country is sometimes called the Republic of Ireland, but Ireland is its official name. It covers about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The other sixth is called Northern Ireland, which is still part of the United Kingdom. The republic's capital is Dublin. Cork is the second largest city in the country and the third largest on the island of Ireland. The population of Ireland is 4.6 million. English is the main language spoken. The Irish language is widely taught in all schools, and it is still spoken as a first language in some areas of the country, known as the Gaeltacht. Irish is the first official language, followed by English.

History[change | edit source]

Several hundred years ago, the English took over the country and made it part of the United Kingdom in 1801. Ireland left the United Kingdom in 1922 and has been an independent country since then.

Politics[change | edit source]

The head of State, the President, is elected for seven years by the adult citizens. The same president can only be elected twice (14 years). Most of the president's tasks are representing and ceremonial ones. The president has little power over the government.

Ireland is a democracy and people vote for their representatives. The Taoiseach (equivalent to a prime minister) is selected by the parliament. The Taoiseach is usually the head of the biggest party.

The Oireachtas (equivalent to the parliament) consists of the Dáil Éireann (the lower House) and the Seanad (the 'upper House'). The system is similar to that of France or the United States, except that the President is not an executive.

The main political parties in Ireland are Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, the Labour, Sinn Féin, and the Green Party.

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