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  Prime Minister - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In some monarchies the prime minister exercises powers (known as the Royal Prerogative) that are constitutionally vested in the monarch and which can be exercised without the approval of parliament.
Prime Ministers can be found in both constitutional monarchies (as is the case in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Norway and Japan), and in republics, where the head of state is an elected or unelected official with varying degrees of real power.
Contrary to popular and journalistic myth, most prime ministers in parliamentary systems are not appointed for a specific term of office and in effect may remain in power through a number of elections and parliaments.
encyclopedia.worldsearch.com /prime_minister.htm   (1283 words)

  
 Irish presidential election, 1976 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 1976 Irish presidential election was precipitated by the sudden resignation of President Ó Dálaigh in October 1976, following an attack on him by Paddy Donegan, the Irish Minister for Defence in which the Minister called the President a "thundering disgrace" and implied he was disloyal to the state.
Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch proposed as the party's presidential election candidate Patrick Hillery, retiring European Economic Community Commissioner for Social Affairs and former Irish Minister for External Affairs.
Charles J. Haughey, a critic of Lynch, proposed Donegal TD Joe Brennan, a former Minister for Social Welfare.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Irish_presidential_election,_1976   (347 words)

  
 ireland.com - The Irish Times - SPECIAL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As the first-ever White Paper on Defence in Ireland, it emphasises the Government’s view that the end of the century in which we achieved our Independence was an opportune time to take stock and set a forward progressive course to meet the new challenges and opportunities facing Ireland and the Defence Forces.
While the Defence Forces exist primarily as an expression of the State’s sovereignty and of its intention to provide its own security, the availability of flexible, well-equipped and well-trained Forces provides the Government with opportunities to contribute to peace support operations abroad in pursuit of foreign policy objectives.
The roles of the Defence Forces laid down by the Government are reviewed and provision is made for ensuring that the defence and security environment assessment is updated on a regular basis.
www.ireland.com /newspaper/special/2000/defence   (1369 words)

  
 Irish Times Article - Defence Forces back plans for UN-EU battlegroups   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Irish involvement in these new military units would be strictly subject to the so-called "triple-lock" procedure requiring a Government decision, Dáil approval and a UN mandate.
Irish military personnel were involved in the supporting HQ for Operation Artemis and would be expected to play a role in similar operations in the future.
Mr Annan is a long-time admirer of the Irish contribution to the UN, particularly in the sphere of peacekeeping, and is expected to highlight that role in his Dublin Castle remarks.
www.ireland.com /newspaper/front/2004/1014/2603922970HM1DEAGLAN.html   (462 words)

  
 Informal Meeting of European Union Defence Ministers taking place in Brussels - Europainformationen des EUD Internet ...
The meetings are a useful forum for discussions between Defence Ministers regarding the continued development of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) which is focused on creating an EU capacity to respond positively and usefully to crisis management and humanitarian distress situations.
The Government remains committed to Ireland's participation in the development of the European Security and Defence Policy and to participation by the Defence Forces on UN authorized peace support operations", the Minister said.
A further meeting of Defence Ministers will take place during the Irish Presidency in the framework of the General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 17 May, 2004.
www.europa-web.de /europa/03euinf/10counc/infdefmi.htm   (515 words)

  
 Dail Debates Official Report - 17-02-00
O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Defence his views on whether the role of the FCA has been virtually ignored in discussions leading to the White Paper on Defence; if he and his Department have engaged in any meaningful discussion with members of the FCA; and if be will make a statement on the matter.
Carey asked the Minister for Defence the plans, if any, he has to curtail Ireland's contribution to international peacekeeping; the way in which current commitments will be met and others developed; and the way in which this is compatible with cuts of 1,000 personnel in the Defence Forces as envisaged in the White Paper.
A Minister who introduces legislation such as this and whose sole argument for its introduction is the fulfilment of EU directives is clearly indicating that he is incapable of making a case on behalf of the people and he should consider his position.
www.irlgov.ie /debates-00/17feb/sect3.htm   (16352 words)

  
 Anglo-Irish conflict   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As the Irish refuse British aid and as their own contacts will not talk, the British government has decided to forego the investigation and assume the murders to be the work of rogue Unionists or the work of Nationalist terrorists.
Irish Army units are also sent north on the orders of the Defence Minister (with the approval of Uachtaran Childers).
The Irish Garda and Army units in the north were instructed not to fight the British by their high commands no matter what and only the Irish Garda units that had been invited to assist in curbing violence could cross the border.
www.changingthetimes.co.uk /samples/coldwar/anglo.htm   (10051 words)

  
 EU: Minister Smith expresses satisfaction with outcome of Informal Meeting of EU Defence Ministers - ...
Michael Smith, T.D., has expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the two-day informal meeting of Defence Ministers of the European Union and Acceding States in Brussels which concluded this afternoon.
Smith stated: "The informal meeting of Defence Ministers has provided us with an opportunity to review and discuss the major issues on the EU defence agenda during the Irish Presidency.
As discussion on the follow-up to the Declaration remains at an early stage, it was useful to hear partners' views on examination of ESDP aspects.
www.europa-web.de /europa/03euinf/01GASP/defmeet.htm   (457 words)

  
 Department of Defence Web - Press Release
At the request of the UN, a small number of Irish personnel will be deployed to the Force Headquarters next month and a Defence Forces team will undertake a fact-finding visit to the mission area during the coming weeks.
The Minister for Defence plans to submit the necessary enabling Resolution to the Dáil, early next month.
“Irish people are very proud of the exceptional peacekeeping record of our troops in troubled parts of the world over more than forty years” observed Minister Smith.
www.defence.ie /WebSite.nsf/0b3f25a4ab0b745580256c5200392871/2f54fb5a722524cc80256dad003a6f33   (307 words)

  
 Dail Debates Official Report - 17-05-00
In that regard, the recent report to the Minister for Public Enterprise and the Minister for Finance on the future of Aer Rianta considered the possibility of a second airport in the Dublin area and this was considered in the context of Baldonnel Aerodrome.
Penrose asked the Minister for Defence if he expects that the Defence Forces will continue to be in a position to meet all requirements for personnel for UN duty abroad from volunteers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Hogan asked the Minister for Defence if there is difficulty at present in recruiting adequate numbers to serve in the Lebanon; the number of personnel who have been requested as opposed to those who volunteered to serve; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
www.irlgov.ie /debates-00/17may/sect4.htm   (6146 words)

  
 Forum Europe - News Detail
The Irish Times reports that Irish defence minister Willie O'Dea ruled out participation for the foreseeable future because of major legal and constitutional difficulties.
However, it appears that under a defence act of 1954, Irish troops cannot be sent abroad for training, while having foreign troops in the country may breach the Irish Constitution.
These revelations are set to be an embarrassment for the Irish government at the EU level as it had been part of the original decision to set up battlegroups.
www.forum-europe.com /news_detail.asp?ID=323   (260 words)

  
 Telegraph | News | Ireland heals the wounds by honouring forgotten VC hero
The Irish defence minister and the British ambassador to Ireland stood side by side as a bugler sounded Last Post beside the grave of Sgt Major Cornelius Coughlan, who was decorated for valour during the Indian Mutiny.
Saturday's ceremony was the first time an Irish politician formally recognised on Irish soil the sacrifices made by Irishmen in the British Army.
Michael Smith, the Irish minister of defence, described the ceremony as "the acknowledgement of the bravery of a forgotten Irish soldier".
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml;sessionid=DLBOR0HIXRFRLQFIQMFSNAGAVCBQ0JVC?xml=/news/2004/08/09/nvc09.xml   (887 words)

  
 Eri24   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
President Isayas Afewerki today met and held talks with the Irish defence minister, Mr Micheal Smith, who is on a working visit to Eritrea.
During the meeting, President Isayas commended the Irish government for sending its troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in support of the Eritrea-Ethiopia peace process.
The Irish defence minister, Mr Micheal, for his part said that there were many things in common between the two countries.
www.eri24.com /news596.htm   (167 words)

  
 EUPolitix.com - EU defence chiefs move closer to Bosnia mission   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Europe’s defence ministers on Tuesday stepped closer towards an EU takeover of NATO’s Bosnia peacekeeping force by the end of 2004.
Irish Defence Minister Michael Smith and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said decisions had been made on the division of labour between the future European forces and the trans-Atlantic Alliance.
In addition to the launch of the Bosnia mission, he pointed to the setting up of an EU arms agency and military planning cell which would be finalised by the end of this year.
www.eupolitix.com /EN/News/200404/8c4f2f05-b7f0-4d91-abbc-beeada408e2c.htm   (347 words)

  
 The Irish State - Defence
Under the Constitution, the supreme command of the Defence Forces is vested in the President, from whom all officers hold their commissions.
The Minister is aided and advised on matters relating to the Department by a Council of Defence consisting of two civilian and three military members, including the Chief of Staff.
Civil Defence provides community service and assistance throughout the country in support of primary emergency services.Ministerial responsibility for Civil Defence is assigned to the Minister of State at the Department of Defence.
www.ireland-information.com /reference/defence.html   (808 words)

  
 RTE News - Defence Minister protests at shelling of Irish troops in Lebanon
Defence Minister protests at shelling of Irish troops in Lebanon
The Minister for Defence, Michael Smith, has been meeting his Lebanese counterpart to protest at indiscriminate firing around the Irish area of operations in southern Lebanon.
Private Rushe is the Irish soldier who was critically injured by mortar fire last month.
www.rte.ie /news/1999/0621/lebanon.html   (230 words)

  
 Liam Cosgrave   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The son of W.T. Cosgrave (who served as the first President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free StatePresident of the Executive Council from 1922 to 1932), Liam Cosgrave entered Irish politics, becoming a TD (parliament)TD in Dáil Éireann in 1944, when his father retired.
Liam devoted his life to serving the state, and in its tough anti-terrorism measures, defending the state from attack from the Provisional IRA, which refused to accept the legitimacy of the Republic of Ireland/, endangering its survival.
Irish Minister for DefenceMinister for Defence: Paddy Donegan (1973-1976), Oliver J. Flanagan (1976-1977/)
www.infothis.com /find/Liam_Cosgrave   (920 words)

  
 blogirish Ireland Awash in Protest.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Robert Fisk wasted no time, appearing on Irish State broadcaster RTE on September 11, 2001, explaining to the Irish that the American response would be appalling because they were so poorly informed by their media.
Despite these nefarious American machinations, on January 20, the Irish Minister for Defence stated that Shannon was not at risk of being targeted for a terrorist attack and that he had not received any request from the Department of Justice on the stepping-up of security at Shannon.
Foreign Minister Brian Cowen, one of the few people in Ireland who lives in the place he was to describe, felt it appropriate to remind the RTE radio audience that "We're in the real world here...
www.blog-irish.com /radar.htm   (3868 words)

  
 Irish defences ministry nears decision on helicopter offers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Irish defence ministry expects to complete an assessment by late October of offers from three suppliers for up to eight new military helicopters.
Irish defence minister Michael Smith expects a contract to be signed before year-end, with first aircraft deliveries expected during 2005.
The Irish Defence Force says the new procurement is being run along EU guidelines and has no provision for direct offsets.
www.flightinternational.com /FALANDING_186861.htm   (258 words)

  
 Slugger O'Toole: Irish Banks to Pay Cost of Army Escorts
Irish banks will pay the full costs of an Army escort for cash deliveries, under a deal secured by Irish Defence Minister Willie O'Dea last night expected to save taxpayers at least €3 million (the Irish Times, subs req, gets it right that there is no ceiling on the savings).What...
Irish banks will pay the full costs of an Army escort for cash deliveries, under a deal secured by Irish Defence Minister Willie O'Dea last night expected to save taxpayers at least €3 million (the Irish Times, subs req, gets it right that there is no ceiling on the savings).
What seems remarkable about this story are two things - that under the previous regime, the Republic's highly profitable banks were getting a security subsidy of 58 percent of the costs; and we wonder if the Army's costs will include catering, so the security van drivers don't have to stop for coffee.
www.sluggerotoole.com /archives/2005/05/irish_banks_to.php   (423 words)

  
 Irish Post: Printer Friendly Version   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
AN Irishman who was awarded the Victoria Cross for fighting in the British army has finally been recognised by the Irish State after resting in an unmarked grave for nearly 100 years.
“To have an Irish minister honouring the grave on an Irish soldier of the British army in the West of Ireland is magnanimous indeed.
Capt Buckley said: “It is a declaration of our coming of age as a nation and a statement of political maturity without the baggage of post-colonial angst that was worn in albatross fashion until recently.
www.irishpost.co.uk /email/printer.asp?j=838&fs=2   (566 words)

  
 War Honoured at Kilmainham - National Miscellaneous - Indymedia Ireland
I say this because the religous part of the "ceremony" was opened by Jaakov Pearlman, the chief rabbi of Ireland and defender of the murder of at least two of those Irish soldiers by the Israeli army of occupation.
When the Israeli amy murdered Irish soldiers in Tibnin their only response to the Irish minister of Defence who went doen to express the concerns of the Government and Irish people was to say, "nobody asked you to come here".
British military and intelligence services were also in force to commemorate the wonderful Irish men who left their families destitute and distraught to unwisely serve an Empire and it's evil designs.
www.indymedia.ie /newswire.php?story_id=60390   (1990 words)

  
 The Monkey's Typewriter: A tale of two chancers
Friday's Irish Times's article on Irish bloggers (which inexplicably failed to namecheck yours truly) took the community to task for focusing on international matters--frequently US foreign policy--at the expense of native issues.
The failure of Irish bloggers to address one of the main turbines of news--politics--might be because if you're not part of one of the dynasties that populate the Dáil, the Irish parliamentary system often seems little more than a glorified county council.
Thanks to the clientist system fostered by the high ratio of representatives to the electorate and multiseat constituencies, the average TD is more concerned about getting, say, a new road into (or keeping an incineration plant out of) her or his constituency than implementing any particular ideological principle.
www.threemonkeysonline.com /blogs/shane_barry/archives/a_tale_of_two_chancers.html   (607 words)

  
 Fine Gael   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Notably, Clann na Poblachta under former Irish Republican Army chief of staff, Sean MacBride, were opposed to him because of his role as Chief of Staff of the Irish Army in the execution of republicans during the Irish Civil War.
In 1990, its candidate in the Irish presidential election, Austin Currie, was pushed into a humiliating third place, behind the winner, Labour's Mary Robinson.
Dinny McGinley - Spokesperson for Irish Minister for the GaeltachtCommunity, Rural And Gaeltacht Affairs/
www.infothis.com /find/Fine_Gael   (1776 words)

  
 Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-09-21
The Irish contingent of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) comprises 24 troops and 14 civilian police.
Omirou thanked the Irish Minister of Defence for his country's support to Cyprus' course towards EU membership.
The Foreign Minister said he exchanged views with Van den Broek on Cyprus' accession course which he underlined, "is independent of developments in the Cyprus problem".
www.hri.org /news/cyprus/cna/1998/98-09-21_1.cna.html   (1949 words)

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