Welcome to my analysis of mapping the Irish state.
In this blog I will explain how the Irish government works and how it is funded.
The above picture is the formal framework of the Irish government. The picture highlights who elects who in the Irish state. This varies from the Taoiseach to the president. Every member of the Irish state is represented in this picture and how they are elected is covered perfectly by the above image.
To begin I will analyse this electoral process. Starting with the people and who they elect. The people have a direct say in electing many of the Irish State. We the people have a direct say in electing the members of the European parliment, Dail Eireann and the local government. We also have a direct say in who is voted as president of our country. The people of Ireland have the most direct say in who is elected according to the picture.
The president when elected then has the duty to appoint. The president decides who is appointed to The Courts. He also decides which ministers are appointed and probably most importantly of all the President decides who is appointed to the position of Taoiseach. The Taoiseach of Ireland is the most powerful figurehead of the state. The President has the task of appointing the correct one.
The Taoiseach himself appoints the Ministers and the Junior Ministers. A minister is a politician who holds significant public office in a national or regional government, making and implementing decisions on policies in conjunction with the other ministers. Some ministers are more senior than others, and are usually members of the government’s cabinet. Junior ministers assist the main ministers and are of non-cabinet rank.
The local government directly elect Seannad Eireann. Seannad Eireann are directly elected by Dail Eireann. That makes up all of the direct elections.
Dail Eireann nominates the Taoiseach and is accountable to the government. The Public Service is accountable to the government and the junior ministers. This makes up the formal framework of the Irish government. I have highlighted all the roles of each member of both the Oireachtas and the government and the effect each member of the government has on one another.