How does Ireland's government compare to the US federal government?
What are all the similarities? Thanks so much!
- Mike WLv 72 months ago
It's a republic, and its legal system is based on English Common Law.
- CliveLv 72 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.
- 2 months ago
They are both in the northern hemisphere