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Ireland Government
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Ireland has been a republic since 1949 with a bicameral legislature. The lower house, the Dáil, has 166 members and is elected directly by universal adult suffrage every 5 years. The 60-strong Senate has 49 directly elected members with the balance made up of political appointees.

The Executive power is held by the Taioseach (Prime Minister) who presides over a Cabinet of Ministers. The cabinet is responsible to the Dáil for its actions.
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