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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 2 months ago

How does Ireland's government compare to the US federal government?

What are all the similarities? Thanks so much! 

3 Answers

  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It's a republic, and its legal system is based on English Common Law.  

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Basically Ireland has a parliamentary system while the USA has a presidential system.

    That is to say, the USA elects both a president, who is both head of state and head of government, and a legislature (Congress) that he does not sit in.  Ireland elects a president who is only head of state, so he or she is largely ceremonial.  The head of government is the Taoiseach (prime minister) who is an elected member of the Dail (equivalent of House of Representatives).

    So there is less separation of powers because the Taoiseach can vote on laws as a member of the Dail.  But on the other hand, I've never understood how the USA can claim to have a separation of powers given that the president can veto laws after they've passed through Congress.

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  • They are both in the northern hemisphere

    • ariana2 months agoReport

      I’m asking how the governments relate... but okay.

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