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Unformatted text preview: English and Gaelic are the official languages, with English the more widely used. Gaelic is most common in the west of the country. Government The republic is governed under the constitution of 1937. The president, who is the head of state, is popularly elected to a seven-year term and is eligible for a second term. The prime minister, who is the head of government, is appointed by the president, as is the cabinet. There is a bicameral Parliament, the Oireachtas. The House of Representatives or Dil ireann is the more powerful chamber. Its 166 members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation. Members of the 60-seat Senate or eanad ireann are indirectly elected or appointed. All legislators serve five-year terms. Administratively, the country is divided into 26 counties....
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10