: Éire [ˈeːɾʲə] (listen)
), also known as the Republic of Ireland
(Poblacht na hÉireann
is a country
in north-western Europe
consisting of 26 of the 32 counties
of the island of Ireland
. The capital and largest city is Dublin
, which is located on the eastern side of the island. Around 40% of the country's population of 4.9 million people resides in the Greater Dublin Area
The sovereign state
shares its only land border with Northern Ireland
which is part
of the United Kingdom
. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean
, with the Celtic Sea
to the south, St George's Channel
to the south-east, and the Irish Sea
to the east. It is a unitary
, parliamentary republic
The legislature, the Oireachtas
, consists of a lower house
, Dáil Éireann
, an upper house
, Seanad Éireann
, and an elected President
) who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state
, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government
is the Taoiseach
(Prime Minister, literally 'Chief', a title not used in English), who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.
The Irish Free State
was created, with Dominion
status, in 1922 following the Anglo-Irish Treaty
. In 1937, a new constitution
was adopted, in which the state was named "Ireland" and effectively became a republic, with an elected non-executive president. It was officially declared a republic in 1949, following the Republic of Ireland Act 1948
. Ireland became a member of the United Nations
in December 1955. It joined the European Communities
(EC), the predecessor of the European Union
, in 1973. The state had no formal relations with Northern Ireland for most of the twentieth century, but during the 1980s and 1990s the British and Irish governments worked with the Northern Ireland parties towards a resolution to "the Troubles
". Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement
in 1998, the Irish government
and Northern Ireland Executive
have co-operated on a number of policy areas under the North/South Ministerial Council
created by the Agreement.
One of Europe’s major financial hubs is centred around Dublin. Ireland ranks among the top ten wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita,
although this has been partially ascribed to distortions caused by the tax inversion
practices of some multinationals, operating in Ireland.
From 2017, a modified gross national income
(GNI*) was enacted by the Central Bank of Ireland
, as the standard deviation was considered too materially distorted to accurately measure or represent the Irish economy.
After joining the EC, the country's government enacted a series of liberal economic policies
that resulted in economic growth between 1995 and 2007 now known as the Celtic Tiger
period, before its subsequent reversal due to the 2008 financial crisis
The 1922 state, comprising 26 of the 32 counties of Ireland
, was "styled and known as the Irish Free State".
The Constitution of Ireland
, adopted in 1937, provides that "the name of the State is Éire
, or, in the English language, Ireland". Section 2 of the Republic of Ireland Act 1948
states, "It is hereby declared that the description of the State shall be the Republic of Ireland." The 1948 Act does not name
the state as "Republic of Ireland", because to have done so would have put it in conflict with the Constitution.
The government of the United Kingdom used the name "Eire" (without the diacritic
) and, from 1949, "Republic of Ireland", for the state;
it was not until the 1998 Good Friday Agreement
that it used the name "Ireland".
As well as "Ireland", "Éire" or "the Republic of Ireland", the state is also referred to as "the Republic", "Southern Ireland" or "the South".
In an Irish republican
context it is often referred to as "the Free State" or "the 26 Counties".
From the Act of Union
on 1 January 1801, until 6 December 1922, the island of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
. During the Great Famine
, from 1845 to 1849, the island's population of over 8 million fell by 30%. One million Irish died of starvation and/or disease and another 1.5 million emigrated, mostly to the United States.
This set the pattern of emigration for the century to come, resulting in constant population decline up to the 1960s.
Home Rule seemed certain when the Parliament Act 1911
abolished the veto of the House of Lords
, and John Redmond
secured the Third Home Rule Act
in 1914. However, the Unionist movement
had been growing since 1886 among Irish Protestants after the introduction of the first home rule bill, fearing discrimination and loss of economic and social privileges if Irish Catholics
achieved real political power. In the late 19th and early 20th-century unionism was particularly strong in parts of Ulster
, where industrialisation was more common in contrast to the more agrarian rest of the island, and where the Protestant population was more prominent, with a majority in four counties.
Under the leadership of the Dublin-born Sir Edward Carson
of the Irish Unionist Party
and the Ulsterman Sir James Craig
of the Ulster Unionist Party
, unionists became strongly militant
in order to oppose "the Coercion of Ulster".
After the Home Rule Bill passed parliament in May 1914, to avoid rebellion with Ulster, the British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
introduced an Amending Bill
reluctantly conceded to by the Irish Party leadership. This provided for the temporary exclusion of Ulster from the workings of the bill for a trial period of six years, with an as yet undecided new set of measures to be introduced for the area to be temporarily excluded.
Revolution and steps to independence
The remainder of the Irish Volunteers
, who refused Redmond and opposed any support of the UK, launched an armed insurrection against British rule in the 1916 Easter Rising
, together with the Irish Citizen Army
. This commenced on 24 April 1916 with the declaration of independence
. After a week of heavy fighting, primarily in Dublin, the surviving rebels were forced to surrender their positions. The majority were imprisoned but fifteen of the prisoners (including most of the leaders) were executed as traitors to the UK. This included Patrick Pearse
, the spokesman for the rising and who provided the signal to the volunteers to start the rising, as well as James Connolly
, socialist and founder of the Industrial Workers of the World
union and both the Irish and Scottish Labour movements. These events, together with the Conscription Crisis of 1918
, had a profound effect on changing public opinion in Ireland against the British Government.
Irish Civil War
The Irish Civil War (June 1922 – May 1923) was the consequence of the ratification of the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the creation of the Irish Free State.
Anti-treaty forces, led by Éamon de Valera
, objected to the fact that acceptance of the treaty abolished
the Irish Republic
of 1919 to which they had sworn loyalty, arguing in the face of public support for the settlement that the "people have no right to do wrong".
They objected most to the fact that the state would remain part of the British Empire
and that members of the Free State Parliament
would have to swear what the Anti-treaty side saw as an oath of fidelity to the British King. Pro-treaty forces, led by Michael Collins
, argued that the treaty gave "not the ultimate freedom that all nations aspire to and develop, but the freedom to achieve it".
At the start of the war, the Irish Republican Army
(IRA) split into two opposing camps: a pro-treaty IRA and an anti-treaty IRA
. The pro-treaty IRA disbanded and joined the new National Army
. However, because the anti-treaty IRA lacked an effective command structure and because of the pro-treaty forces' defensive tactics throughout the war, Michael Collins and his pro-treaty forces were able to build up an army with many tens of thousands of World War I veterans from the 1922 disbanded Irish regiments
of the British Army, capable of overwhelming the anti-treatyists. British supplies of artillery, aircraft, machine-guns and ammunition boosted pro-treaty forces, and the threat of a return of Crown forces to the Free State removed any doubts about the necessity of enforcing the treaty. Lack of public support for the anti-treaty forces (often called the Irregulars
) and the determination of the government to overcome the Irregulars contributed significantly to their defeat.
Constitution of Ireland 1937
Following a national plebiscite in July 1937, the new Constitution of Ireland
(Bunreacht na hÉireann
) came into force
on 29 December 1937.
This replaced the Constitution of the Irish Free State
and called the state Éire
While Articles 2 and 3
of the Constitution defined the national territory to be the whole island, they also confined the state's jurisdiction to the area that had been the Irish Free State. The former Irish Free State government had abolished the Office of Governor-General
in December 1936. Although the constitution established the office of President of Ireland
, the question over whether Ireland was a republic remained open. Diplomats were accredited to the king, but the president exercised all internal functions of a head of state.
For instance, the President gave assent to new laws with his own authority, without reference to King George VI
who was only an "organ", that was provided for by statute law.
Ireland remained neutral
during World War II, a period it described as The Emergency
status was terminated with the passage of the Republic of Ireland Act 1948
, which came into force on 18 April 1949 and declared that the state was a republic.
At the time, a declaration of a republic terminated Commonwealth membership. This rule was changed 10 days after Ireland declared itself a republic, with the London Declaration
of 28 April 1949. Ireland did not reapply when the rules were altered to permit republics to join. Later, the Crown of Ireland Act 1542
was repealed in Ireland by the Statute Law Revision (Pre-Union Irish Statutes) Act 1962.
Ireland became a member of the United Nations
in December 1955, after having been denied membership because of its neutral stance
during the Second World War and not supporting the Allied cause
At the time, joining the UN involved a commitment to using force to deter aggression by one state against another if the UN thought it was necessary.
Interest towards membership of the European Communities
(EC) developed in Ireland during the 1950s, with consideration also given to membership of the European Free Trade Area
. As the United Kingdom intended on EC membership, Ireland applied for membership in July 1961 due to the substantial economic linkages with the United Kingdom. However, the founding EC members remained skeptical regarding Ireland's economic capacity, neutrality, and unattractive protectionist
Many Irish economists and politicians realised that economic policy reform was necessary. The prospect of EC membership became doubtful in 1963 when French President General Charles de Gaulle
stated that France opposed Britain's accession, which ceased negotiations with all other candidate countries. However, in 1969 his successor, Georges Pompidou
, was not opposed to British and Irish membership. Negotiations began and in 1972 the Treaty of Accession
was signed. A referendum was held later that year
which confirmed Ireland's entry into the bloc, and it finally joined the EC as a member state on 1 January 1973.
The economic crisis of the late 1970s was fuelled by the Fianna Fáil
government's budget, the abolition of the car tax, excessive borrowing, and global economic instability including the 1979 oil crisis
There were significant policy changes from 1989 onwards, with economic reform, tax cuts, welfare reform, an increase in competition, and a ban on borrowing to fund current spending. This policy began in 1989–1992 by the Fianna Fáil/Progressive Democrat
government, and continued by the subsequent Fianna Fáil/Labour
government and Fine Gael
government. Ireland became one of the world's fastest growing economies by the late 1990s in what was known as the Celtic Tiger
period, which lasted until the global Financial crisis of 2007–08
. However, since 2014, Ireland has experienced increased economic activity.
In the Northern Ireland question, the British and Irish governments started to seek a peaceful resolution to the violent conflict involving many paramilitaries
and the British Army
in Northern Ireland known as "The Troubles
". A peace settlement for Northern Ireland, known as the Good Friday Agreement
, was approved in 1998 in referendums north and south of the border. As part of the peace settlement, the territorial claim to Northern Ireland in Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution of Ireland
was removed by referendum. In its white paper on Brexit
the United Kingdom government reiterated its commitment to the Good Friday Agreement. With regard to Northern Ireland's status, it said that the UK Government's "clearly-stated preference is to retain Northern Ireland’s current constitutional position: as part of the UK, but with strong links to Ireland".
The state extends over an area of about five-sixths (70,273 km2
or 27,133 sq mi) of the island of Ireland
or 32,595 sq mi), with Northern Ireland
constituting the remainder. The island is bounded to the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the northeast by the North Channel
. To the east, the Irish Sea
connects to the Atlantic Ocean via St George's Channel
and the Celtic Sea
to the southwest.
The western landscape mostly consists of rugged cliffs, hills and mountains. The central lowlands are extensively covered with glacial deposits of clay and sand, as well as significant areas of bogland
and several lakes. The highest point is Carrauntoohil
(1,038.6 m or 3,407 ft), located in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks
mountain range in the southwest. River Shannon
, which traverses the central lowlands, is the longest river in Ireland at 386 kilometres or 240 miles in length. The west coast is more rugged than the east, with numerous islands, peninsulas
Ireland is the least forested country in Europe.
Until the end of the Middle Ages
, the land was heavily forested with native trees such as oak
and Scots pine
The growth of blanket bog
and the extensive clearing of woodland for farming are believed to be the main causes of deforestation
Today, only about 10% of Ireland is woodland,
most of which is non-native conifer plantations
, and only 2% of which is native woodland.
The average woodland cover in European countries is over 33%.
According to Coillte
, a state owned forestry business, the country's climate gives Ireland one of the fastest growth rates for forests in Europe. Hedgerows
, which are traditionally used to define land boundaries, are an important substitute for woodland habitat, providing refuge for native wild flora and a wide range of insect, bird and mammal species.
It is home to two terrestrial ecoregions: Celtic broadleaf forests
and North Atlantic moist mixed forests
accounts for about 64% of the total land area.
This has resulted in limited land to preserve natural habitats, in particular for larger wild mammals with greater territorial requirements.
The long history of agricultural production coupled with modern agricultural methods, such as pesticide
use, has placed pressure on biodiversity
The Atlantic Ocean
and the warming influence of the Gulf Stream
affect weather patterns in Ireland.
Temperatures differ regionally, with central and eastern areas tending to be more extreme. However, due to a temperate oceanic climate
, temperatures are seldom lower than −5 °C (23 °F) in winter or higher than 26 °C (79 °F) in summer.
The highest temperature recorded in Ireland was 33.3 °C (91.9 °F) on 26 June 1887 at Kilkenny Castle
in Kilkenny, while the lowest temperature recorded was −19.1 °C (−2.4 °F) at Markree Castle
Rainfall is more prevalent during winter months and less so during the early months of summer. Southwestern areas experience the most rainfall as a result of south westerly winds, while Dublin
receives the least. Sunshine duration is highest in the southeast of the country.
The far north and west are two of the windiest regions in Europe, with great potential for wind energy
Ireland normally gets between 1100 and 1600 hours of sunshine each year, most areas averaging between 3.25 and 3.75 hours a day. The sunniest months are May and June, which average between 5 and 6.5 hours per day over most of the country. The extreme southeast gets most sunshine, averaging over 7 hours a day in early summer. December is the dullest month, with an average daily sunshine ranging from about 1 hour in the north to almost 2 hours in the extreme southeast. The sunniest summer in the 100 years from 1881 to 1980 was 1887, according to measurements made at the Phoenix Park in Dublin; 1980 was the dullest.
The President serves as head of state
, is elected for a seven-year term, and may be re-elected once. The President is primarily a figurehead
, but is entrusted with certain constitutional powers with the advice of the Council of State
. The office has absolute discretion in some areas, such as referring a bill to the Supreme Court for a judgment on its constitutionality. Michael D. Higgins
became the ninth President of Ireland on 11 November 2011.
(Prime Minister) serves as the head of government
and is appointed by the President upon the nomination of the Dáil
. Most Taoisigh
have served as the leader of the political party that gains the most seats in national elections. It has become customary for coalitions
to form a government, as there has not been a single-party government since 1989. Micheál Martin
succeeded Leo Varadkar
as Taoiseach on 27 June 2020, after forming a historic coalition between his Fianna Fáil
and Fine Gael
of Leo Varadkar.
is composed of sixty members, with eleven nominated by the Taoiseach
, six elected by two universities, and 43 elected by public representatives from panels of candidates established on a vocational basis. The Dáil
has 160 members (Teachtaí Dála
) elected to represent multi-seat constituencies
under the system of proportional representation
and by means of the single transferable vote
is constitutionally limited to fifteen members. No more than two members can be selected from the Seanad
, and the Taoiseach
(Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Finance
must be members of the Dáil
. The Dáil must be dissolved within five years after its first meeting following the previous election,
and a general election for members of the Dáil must take place no later than thirty days after the dissolution. In accordance with the Constitution of Ireland
, parliamentary elections must be held at least every seven years, though a lower limit may be set by statute law. The current government is a coalition composed of Fianna Fáil
, Fine Gael
, and the Green Party
with Micheál Martin
and Leo Varadkar
. Opposition parties in the current Dáil
are Sinn Féin
, the Labour Party
, Solidarity–People Before Profit
, Social Democrats
, as well as a number of independents
Local authorities are responsible for matters such as planning, local roads, sanitation, and libraries. Dáil constituencies
are required to follow county boundaries as much as possible. Counties with greater populations have multiple constituencies, some of more than one county, but generally do not cross county boundaries. The counties are grouped into eight regions
, each with a Regional Authority composed of members delegated by the various county and city councils in the region. The regions do not have any direct administrative role as such, but they serve for planning, coordination and statistical purposes.
The Four Courts
, completed in 1802, is the principal building for civil courts.
Garda Síochána na hÉireann
(Guardians of the Peace of Ireland
), more commonly referred to as the Gardaí, is the state's civilian police force. The force is responsible for all aspects of civil policing, both in terms of territory and infrastructure. It is headed by the Garda Commissioner, who is appointed by the Government. Most uniformed members do not routinely carry firearms
. Standard policing is traditionally carried out by uniformed officers equipped only with a baton
and pepper spray
The Military Police
is the corps of the Irish Army
responsible for the provision of policing service personnel and providing a military police presence to forces while on exercise and deployment. In wartime, additional tasks include the provision of a traffic control organisation to allow rapid movement of military formations to their mission areas. Other wartime roles include control of prisoners of war
Ireland's citizenship laws
relate to "the island of Ireland", including islands and seas, thereby extending them to Northern Ireland
, which is part of the United Kingdom. Therefore, anyone born in Northern Ireland who meets the requirements for being an Irish citizen, such as birth on the island of Ireland to an Irish or British citizen parent or a parent who is entitled to live in Northern Ireland or the Republic without restriction on their residency,
may exercise an entitlement to Irish citizenship, such as an Irish passport
Foreign relations are substantially influenced by membership of the European Union, although bilateral relations with the United Kingdom and United States are also important.
It held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
on six occasions, most recently from January to June 2013.
Ireland is a neutral country
and has "triple-lock" rules governing the participation of Irish troops in conflict zones, whereby approval must be given by the UN, the Dáil
Accordingly, its military role is limited to national self-defence and participation in United Nations peacekeeping
The Defence Forces are made up of the Army
, Naval Service
, Air Corps
and Reserve Defence Force
. It is small but well equipped, with almost 10,000 full-time military personnel and over 2,000 in reserve.
Daily deployments of the Defence Forces cover aid to civil power
operations, protection and patrol of Irish territorial waters and EEZ
by the Irish Naval Service, and UN, EU and PfP
peace-keeping missions. By 1996, over 40,000 Irish service personnel had served in international UN peacekeeping missions.
The Irish Air Corps is the air component of the Defence Forces and operates sixteen fixed wing aircraft and eight helicopters. The Irish Naval Service is Ireland's navy, and operates eight patrol ships
, and smaller numbers of inflatable boats and training vessels, and has armed boarding parties capable of seizing a ship and a special unit of frogmen
. The military includes the Reserve Defence Forces (Army Reserve
and Naval Service Reserve
) for part-time reservists. Ireland's special forces include the Army Ranger Wing
, which trains and operates with international special operations units. The President is the formal Supreme Commander of the Defence Forces, but in practice these Forces answer to the Government via the Minister for Defence
Ireland is part of the EU (dark blue & light blue) and Eurozone
Ireland is an open economy (6th on the Index of Economic Freedom
), and ranks first for "high-value" foreign direct investment
Using the metric global GDP per capita
, Ireland ranks 5th of 187 (IMF) and 6th of 175 (World Bank
). The alternative metric modified Gross National Income (GNI)
is intended to give a more accurate view of "activity in the domestic economy".
This is particularly relevant in Ireland 's small globalised economy, as GDP includes income from non-Irish owned companies, which flows out of Ireland.
Indeed, foreign multinationals are the driver of Ireland's economy, employing a quarter of the private sector workforce,
and paying 80% of Irish business taxes.
14 of Ireland's top 20 firms (by 2017 turnover) are US-based multinationals
(80% of foreign multinationals in Ireland are from the US;
there are no non-US/non-UK foreign firms in Ireland's top 50 firms by turnover, and only one by employees, that being German retailer Lidl at No. 41
The country officially exited recession in 2010, assisted by a growth in exports from US multinationals in Ireland.
However, due to a rise in the cost of public borrowing due to government guarantees of private banking debt, the Irish government accepted an €85 billion programme of assistance from the EU, International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and bilateral loans from the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark.
Following three years of contraction, the economy grew by 0.7% in 2011 and 0.9% in 2012.
The unemployment rate was 14.7% in 2012, including 18.5% among recent immigrants.
In March 2016 the unemployment rate
was reported by the CSO
to be 8.6%, down from a peak unemployment rate of 15.1% in February 2012.
In addition to unemployment, net emigration from Ireland between 2008 and 2013 totalled 120,100,
or some 2.6% of the total population according to the Census of Ireland 2011
. One-third of the emigrants were aged between 15 and 24.
Ireland exited its EU-IMF bailout programme on 15 December 2013.
Having implemented budget cuts, reforms and sold assets, Ireland was again able to access debt markets. Since then, Ireland has been able to sell long term bonds at record rates.
However, the stabilisation of the Irish credit bubble required a large transfer of debt from the private sector balance sheet (highest OECD leverage), to the public sector balance sheet (almost unleveraged, pre-crisis), via Irish bank bailouts and public deficit spending.
The transfer of this debt means that Ireland, in 2017, still has one of the highest levels of both public sector indebtedness, and private sector indebtedness, in the EU-28/OECD.
Ireland continues to de-leverage its domestic private sector while growing its US multinational-driven economy. Ireland became the main destination for US corporate tax inversions
from 2009 to 2016 (mostly pharmaceutical), peaking with the blocked $160bn Allergan/Pfizer inversion (world's largest inversion, and circa 85% of Irish GNI*
Ireland also became the largest foreign location for US "big cap" technology multinationals (i.e. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook), which delivered a GDP growth rate of 26.3% (and GNP growth rate of 18.7%) in 2015. This growth was subsequently shown to be due to Apple restructuring its "double Irish
" subsidiary (Apple Sales International, currently under threat of a €13bn EU "illegal state aid" fine
for preferential tax treatment).
Ireland's economy was transformed with the creation of a 10% low-tax "special economic zone
", called the International Financial Services Centre
(or "IFSC"), in 1987.
In 1999, the entire country was effectively "turned into an IFSC" with the reduction of Irish corporation tax from 32% to 12.5% (the birth of Ireland's "low-tax" model).
This accelerated Ireland's transition from a predominantly agricultural economy into a knowledge economy
focused on attracting US multinationals from high-tech, life sciences, and financial services industries seeking to avail of Ireland's attractive corporate tax rates and unique corporate tax system
From the creation of the IFSC
, the country experienced strong and sustained economic growth which fuelled a dramatic rise in Irish consumer borrowing and spending, and Irish construction and investment, which became known as the Celtic Tiger
By 2007, Ireland had the highest private sector debt in the OECD with a household debt-to-disposable income ratio of 190%. Global capital markets, who had financed Ireland's build-up of debt in the Celtic Tiger
period by enabling Irish banks to borrow in excess of the domestic deposit base (to over 180% at peak
), withdrew support in the global financial crisis
. Their withdrawal from the over-borrowed Irish credit system would precipitate a deep Irish property correction which would then lead to the collapse of the Irish banking system
Although multinational corporations
dominate Ireland's export sector, exports from other sources also contribute significantly to the national income. The activities of multinational companies based in Ireland have made it one of the largest exporters of pharmaceutical agents, medical devices and software-related goods and services in the world. Ireland's exports also relate to the activities of large Irish companies (such as Ryanair
, Kerry Group
and Smurfit Kappa
) and exports of mineral resources: Ireland is the seventh largest producer of zinc concentrates, and the twelfth largest producer of lead concentrates. The country also has significant deposits of gypsum
, and smaller quantities of copper, silver, gold, barite
, and dolomite
. Tourism in Ireland
contributes about 4% of GDP and is a significant source of employment.
Other goods exports include agri-food, cattle, beef, dairy products, and aluminum. Ireland's major imports include data processing equipment, chemicals, petroleum and petroleum products, textiles, and clothing. Financial services
provided by multinational corporations based at the Irish Financial Services Centre
also contribute to Irish exports. The difference between exports (€89.4 billion) and imports (€45.5 billion) resulted an annual trade surplus of €43.9 billion in 2010,
which is the highest trade surplus relative to GDP achieved by any EU member state.
The EU is by far the country's largest trading partner, accounting for 57.9% of exports and 60.7% of imports. The United Kingdom is the most important trading partner within the EU, accounting for 15.4% of exports and 32.1% of imports. Outside the EU, the United States accounted for 23.2% of exports and 14.1% of imports in 2010.
, Bord Gáis Energy
are the three main electricity and gas suppliers in Ireland. There are 19.82 billion cubic metres of proven reserves of gas.
Natural gas extraction previously occurred at the Kinsale Head
until its exhaustion. The Corrib gas field
was due to come on stream in 2013/14. In 2012, the Barryroe
field was confirmed to have up to 1.6 billion barrels of oil in reserve, with between 160 and 600 million recoverable.
That could provide for Ireland's entire energy needs for up to 13 years, when it is developed in 2015/16. There have been significant efforts to increase the use of renewable and sustainable forms of energy in Ireland, particularly in wind power
, with 3,000 MegaWatts
of wind farms
being constructed, some for the purpose of export.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
(SEAI) has estimated that 6.5% of Ireland's 2011 energy requirements were produced by renewable sources.
The SEAI has also reported an increase in energy efficiency in Ireland with a 28% reduction in carbon emissions per house from 2005 to 2013.
The country's three main international airports
serve many European and intercontinental routes with scheduled and chartered
flights. The London to Dublin air route is the ninth busiest international air route in the world, and also the busiest international air route in Europe, with 14,500 flights between the two in 2017.
In 2015, 4.5 million people took the route, at that time, the world's second-busiest. Aer Lingus
is the flag carrier of Ireland, although Ryanair
is the country's largest airline. Ryanair is Europe's largest low-cost carrier,
the second largest in terms of passenger numbers, and the world's largest in terms of international passenger numbers.
Railway services are provided by Iarnród Éireann
(Irish Rail), which operates all internal intercity
railway services in the country. Dublin is the centre of the network with two main stations, Heuston station
and Connolly station
, linking to the country's cities and main towns. The Enterprise
service, which runs jointly with Northern Ireland Railways
, connects Dublin and Belfast
. The whole of Ireland's mainline network operates on track with a gauge of 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)
, which is unique in Europe and has resulted in distinct rolling stock designs. Dublin's public transport network includes the DART
, Dublin Bus
, and dublinbikes
Population of Ireland since 1951
The population of Ireland stood at 4,588,252 in 2011, an increase of 8.2% since 2006.
As of 2011, Ireland had the highest birth rate in the European Union (16 births per 1,000 of population).
In 2014, 36.3% of births were to unmarried women.
Annual population growth rates exceeded 2% during the 2002–2006 intercensal period, which was attributed to high rates of natural increase
This rate declined somewhat during the subsequent 2006–2011 intercensal period, with an average annual percentage change of 1.6%. The total fertility rate
(TFR) in 2017 was estimated at 1.80 children born per woman, below the replacement rate of 2.1, it remains considerably below the high of 4.2 children born per woman in 1850.
In 2018 the median age
of the Irish population was 37.1 years.
At the time of the 2016 census, the number of non-Irish nationals was recorded at 535,475. This represents a 2% decrease from the 2011 census figure of 544,357. The five largest sources of non-Irish nationals were Poland (122,515), the UK (103,113), Lithuania (36,552), Romania (29,186) and Latvia (19,933) respectively. Compared with 2011, the number of UK, Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian nationals fell. There were four new additions to the top ten largest non-Irish nationalities in 2016: Brazilian (13,640), Spanish (12,112), Italian (11,732), and French (11,661).
Functional urban areas
Percentage of population speaking Irish daily (outside the education system) in the 2011 census
The Irish Constitution describes Irish as the "national language", but English is the dominant language. In the 2006 census, 39% of the population regarded themselves as competent in Irish. Irish is spoken as a community language only in a small number of rural areas mostly in the west and south of the country, collectively known as the Gaeltacht
. Except in Gaeltacht regions, road signs are usually bilingual.
Most public notices and print media are in English only. While the state is officially bilingual, citizens can often struggle to access state services in Irish and most government publications are not available in both languages, even though citizens have the right to deal with the state in Irish. Irish language media include the TV channel TG4
, the radio station RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
and online newspaper Tuairisc.ie
. In the Irish Defence Forces
, all foot and arms drill commands are given in the Irish language.
As a result of immigration, Polish
is the most widely spoken language in Ireland after English, with Irish as the third most spoken.
Several other Central European languages (namely Czech, Hungarian and Slovak), as well as Baltic languages
(Lithuanian and Latvian) are also spoken on a day-to-day basis. Other languages spoken in Ireland include Shelta
, spoken by Irish Travellers, and a dialect of Scots
is spoken by some Ulster Scots people
Most secondary school students choose to learn one or two foreign languages. Languages available for the Junior Certificate and the Leaving Certificate include French, German, Italian and Spanish; Leaving Certificate students can also study Arabic, Japanese and Russian. Some secondary schools also offer Ancient Greek
. The study of Irish is compulsory for Leaving Certificate students, but some may qualify for an exemption in some circumstances, such as learning difficulties or entering the country after age 11.
Healthcare in Ireland is provided by both public and private healthcare providers.
The Minister for Health
has responsibility for setting overall health service policy. Every resident of Ireland is entitled to receive health care through the public health care system, which is managed by the Health Service Executive
and funded by general taxation. A person may be required to pay a subsidised fee for certain health care received; this depends on income, age, illness or disability. All maternity services are provided free of charge and children up to the age of 6 months. Emergency care is provided to patients who present to a hospital emergency department. However, visitors to emergency departments in non-emergency situations who are not referred by their GP
may incur a fee of €100. In some circumstances this fee is not payable or may be waived.
Anyone holding a European Health Insurance Card
is entitled to free maintenance and treatment in public beds in Health Service Executive and voluntary hospitals. Outpatient services are also provided for free. However, the majority of patients on median incomes or above are required to pay subsidised hospital charges. Private health insurance is available to the population for those who want to avail of it.
The average life expectancy
in Ireland in 2016 was 81.8 years (OECD 2016 list
), with 79.9 years for men and 83.6 years for women.
It has the highest birth rate in the EU (16.8 births per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to an EU average of 10.7)
and a very low infant mortality rate (3.5 per 1,000 live births
). The Irish healthcare system ranked 13th out of 34 European countries in 2012 according to the European Health Consumer Index produced by Health Consumer Powerhouse
The same report ranked the Irish healthcare system as having the 8th best health outcomes but only the 21st most accessible system in Europe.
Ireland has three levels of education: primary, secondary and higher education. The education systems are largely under the direction of the Government via the Minister for Education
. Recognised primary and secondary schools must adhere to the curriculum established by the relevant authorities. Education is compulsory between the ages of six and fifteen years, and all children up to the age of eighteen must complete the first three years of secondary, including one sitting of the Junior Certificate
There are approximately 3,300 primary schools in Ireland.
The vast majority (92%) are under the patronage of the Catholic Church. Schools run by religious organisations, but receiving public money and recognition, cannot discriminate against pupils based upon religion or lack thereof. A sanctioned system of preference does exist, where students of a particular religion may be accepted before those who do not share the ethos of the school, in a case where a school's quota has already been reached.
The Leaving Certificate
, which is taken after two years of study, is the final examination in the secondary school system. Those intending to pursue higher education normally take this examination, with access to third-level courses generally depending on results obtained from the best six subjects taken, on a competitive basis.
Third-level education awards are conferred by at least 38 Higher Education Institutions – this includes the constituent or linked colleges of seven universities, plus other designated institutions of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council.
The Programme for International Student Assessment
, coordinated by the OECD
, currently ranks Ireland as having the fourth highest reading score, ninth highest science score and thirteenth highest mathematics score, among OECD countries, in its 2012 assessment.
In 2012, Irish students aged 15 years had the second highest levels of reading literacy in the EU.
Ireland also has 0.747 of the World's top 500 Universities per capita, which ranks the country in 8th place in the world.
Primary, secondary and higher (university/college) level education are all free in Ireland for all EU citizens.
There are charges to cover student services and examinations.
In addition, 37 percent of Ireland's population has a university or college degree
, which is among the highest percentages in the world.
Religious freedom is constitutionally provided for in Ireland, and the country's constitution has been secular
since 1973. Christianity
is the predominant religion, and while Ireland remains a predominantly Catholic country, the percentage of the population who identified as Catholic on the census has fallen sharply from 84.2 percent in the 2011 census to 78.3 percent in the most recent 2016 census. Other results from the 2016 census are : 4.2% Protestant
, 1.3% Orthodox, 1.3% as Muslim, and 9.8% as having no religion.
According to a Georgetown University
study, before 2000 the country had one of the highest rates of regular Mass
attendance in the Western world
While daily attendance was 13% in 2006, there was a reduction in weekly attendance from 81% in 1990 to 48% in 2006, although the decline was reported as stabilising.
In 2011, it was reported that weekly Mass attendance in Dublin was just 18%, with it being even lower among younger generations.
The Church of Ireland
, at 2.7% of the population, is the second largest Christian denomination. Membership declined throughout the twentieth century, but experienced an increase early in the 21st century, as have other small Christian denominations. Other significant Protestant denominations are the Presbyterian Church
and Methodist Church
. Immigration has contributed to a growth in Hindu
and Muslim populations. In percentage terms, Orthodox Christianity
were the fastest growing religions, with increases of 100% and 70% respectively.
As with other predominantly Catholic European states, Ireland underwent a period of legal secularisation in the late twentieth century. In 1972, the article of the Constitution naming specific religious groups was deleted by the Fifth Amendment
in a referendum. Article 44 remains in the Constitution: "The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion." The article also establishes freedom of religion, prohibits endowment of any religion, prohibits the state from religious discrimination, and requires the state to treat religious and non-religious schools in a non-prejudicial manner.
was introduced as an optional Junior Certificate subject in 2001. Although many schools are run by religious organisations, a secularist trend is occurring among younger generations.
Ireland's culture was for centuries predominantly Gaelic
, and it remains one of the six principal Celtic nations
. Following the Anglo-Norman
invasion in the 12th century, and gradual British conquest and colonisation beginning in the 16th century, Ireland became influenced by English and Scottish culture. Subsequently, Irish culture, though distinct in many aspects, shares characteristics with the Anglosphere
, Catholic Europe
, and other Celtic regions. The Irish diaspora
, one of the world's largest and most dispersed, has contributed to the globalisation of Irish culture, producing many prominent figures in art, music, and science.
(1882–1941) published his most famous work Ulysses
in 1922, which is an interpretation of the Odyssey
set in Dublin. Edith Somerville
continued writing after the death of her partner Martin Ross
in 1915. Dublin's Annie M. P. Smithson
was one of several authors catering for fans of romantic fiction in the 1920s and 1930s. After the Second World War, popular novels were published by, among others, Brian O'Nolan, who published as Flann O'Brien
, Elizabeth Bowen
, and Kate O'Brien
. During the final decades of the 20th century, Edna O'Brien
, John McGahern
, Maeve Binchy
, Joseph O'Connor
, Roddy Doyle
, Colm Tóibín
, and John Banville
came to the fore as novelists.
was a prolific children's author in the 20th century, while Eoin Colfer
's works were NYT Best Sellers
in this genre in the early 21st century.
In the genre of the short story, which is a form favoured by many Irish writers, the most prominent figures include Seán Ó Faoláin
, Frank O'Connor
and William Trevor
. Well known Irish poets include Patrick Kavanagh
, Thomas McCarthy
, Dermot Bolger
, and Nobel Prize in Literature
laureates William Butler Yeats
and Seamus Heaney
(born in Northern Ireland but resided in Dublin). Prominent writers in the Irish language are Pádraic Ó Conaire
, Máirtín Ó Cadhain
, Séamus Ó Grianna
, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
The history of Irish theatre
begins with the expansion of the English administration in Dublin during the early 17th century, and since then, Ireland has significantly contributed to English drama. In its early history, theatrical productions in Ireland tended to serve political purposes, but as more theatres opened and the popular audience grew, a more diverse range of entertainments were staged. Many Dublin-based theatres developed links with their London equivalents, and British productions frequently found their way to the Irish stage. However, most Irish playwrights went abroad to establish themselves. In the 18th century, Oliver Goldsmith
and Richard Brinsley Sheridan
were two of the most successful playwrights on the London stage at that time. At the beginning of the 20th century, theatre companies dedicated to the staging of Irish plays and the development of writers, directors and performers began to emerge, which allowed many Irish playwrights to learn their trade and establish their reputations in Ireland rather than in Britain or the United States. Following in the tradition of acclaimed practitioners, principally Oscar Wilde
, Literature Nobel Prize laureates George Bernard Shaw
(1925) and Samuel Beckett
(1969), playwrights such as Seán O'Casey
, Brian Friel
, Sebastian Barry
, Brendan Behan
, Conor McPherson
and Billy Roche
have gained popular success.
Other Irish playwrights of the 20th century include Denis Johnston
, Thomas Kilroy
, Tom Murphy
, Hugh Leonard
, Frank McGuinness
, and John B. Keane
Music and dance
Irish traditional music
has remained vibrant, despite globalising cultural forces, and retains many traditional aspects. It has influenced various music genres, such as American country and roots music, and to some extent modern rock. It has occasionally been blended with styles such as rock and roll and punk rock. Ireland has also produced many internationally known artists in other genres, such as rock, pop, jazz, and blues. Ireland's best selling musical act is the rock band U2
, who have sold 170 million copies of their albums worldwide since their formation in 1976.
Dublin-based rock group U2
There are a number of classical music ensembles around the country, such as the RTÉ Performing Groups
Ireland also has three opera organisations. Opera Ireland produces large-scale operas in Dublin, the Opera Theatre Company tours its chamber-style operas throughout the country, and the annual Wexford Opera Festival
, which promotes lesser-known operas, takes place during October and November.
Irish dance can broadly be divided into social dance
and performance dance
. Irish social dance can be divided into céilí
and set dancing. Irish set dances
, danced by 4 couples arranged in a square, while céilí dances
are danced by varied formations
of couples of 2 to 16 people. There are also many stylistic differences between these two forms. Irish social dance is a living tradition, and variations in particular dances are found across the country. In some places dances are deliberately modified and new dances are choreographed. Performance dance is traditionally referred to as stepdance
. Irish stepdance
, popularised by the show Riverdance
, is notable for its rapid leg movements, with the body and arms being kept largely stationary. The solo stepdance is generally characterised by a controlled but not rigid upper body, straight arms, and quick, precise movements of the feet. The solo dances can either be in "soft shoe" or "hard shoe".
Castles were built by the Anglo-Normans
during the late 12th century, such as Dublin Castle
and Kilkenny Castle
and the concept of the planned walled trading town was introduced, which gained legal status and several rights by grant of a Charter
. These charters specifically governed the design of these towns.
Two significant waves of planned town formation followed, the first being the 16th- and 17th-century plantation towns, which were used as a mechanism for the Tudor
English kings to suppress local insurgency, followed by 18th-century landlord towns.
Surviving Norman founded planned towns include Drogheda
; plantation towns include Portlaoise
; well-preserved 18th-century planned towns include Westport
. These episodes of planned settlement account for the majority of present-day towns throughout the country.
Brick architecture of multi-storey buildings in Dame Street in Dublin
tower in Cork
is the second tallest storeyed building in the Republic of Ireland.
A large number of regional and local radio stations are available countrywide. A survey showed that a consistent 85% of adults listen to a mixture of national, regional and local stations on a daily basis. RTÉ Radio
operates four national stations, Radio 1
, Lyric fm
, and RnaG
. It also operates four national DAB radio stations. There are two independent national stations: Today FM
Ireland has a traditionally competitive print media, which is divided into daily national newspapers and weekly regional newspapers, as well as national Sunday editions. The strength of the British press is a unique feature of the Irish print media scene, with the availability of a wide selection of British published newspapers and magazines.
reported that 82% of Irish households had Internet access in 2013 compared to the EU
average of 79% but only 67% had broadband access.
Irish cuisine was traditionally based on meat and dairy products, supplemented with vegetables and seafood. Examples of popular Irish cuisine include boxty
, and bacon and cabbage
. Ireland is known for the full Irish breakfast
, which involves a fried or grilled meal generally consisting of rashers, egg, sausage, white and black pudding, and fried tomato. Apart from the influence by European and international dishes, there has been an emergence of a new Irish cuisine based on traditional ingredients handled in new ways.
This cuisine is based on fresh vegetables, fish, oysters, mussels and other shellfish, and the wide range of hand-made cheeses that are now being produced across the country. Shellfish have increased in popularity, especially due to the high quality shellfish available from the country's coastline. The most popular fish include salmon
. Traditional breads include soda bread
and wheaten bread
is a yeasted bread
with added sultanas
, traditionally eaten on Halloween
is constitutionally banned in Ireland, while discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, religion, race or membership of the travelling community is illegal. The legislation which outlawed homosexual acts was repealed in 1993.
The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010
permitted civil partnerships between same-sex couples.
The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015
allowed for adoption rights for couples other than married couples, including civil partners and cohabitants, and provided for donor-assisted human reproduction
; however, significant sections of the Act have yet to be commenced
Following a referendum
held on 23 May 2015, Ireland became the eighteenth country to provide in law
for same-sex marriage
, and the first to do so in a popular vote.
Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce an environmental levy for plastic shopping bags
in 2002 and a public smoking ban
in 2004. Recycling in Ireland
is carried out extensively, and Ireland has the second highest rate of packaging recycling in the European Union
. It was the first country in Europe to ban incandescent lightbulbs
in 2008 and the first EU country to ban in-store tobacco advertising and product display in 2009.
In 2015 Ireland became the second country in the world to introduce plain cigarette packaging
Despite the above measures to discourage tobacco use, smoking rates in Ireland remain above 20% of the adult population and above those in other developed countries.
The flag of Ireland
is a tricolour
of green, white and orange. The flag originates with the Young Ireland
movement of the mid-19th century but was not popularised until its use during the Easter Rising
The colours represent the Gaelic
tradition (green) and the followers of William of Orange
in Ireland (orange), with white representing the aspiration for peace between them.
It was adopted as the flag of the Irish Free State in 1922 and continues to be used as the sole flag and ensign of the state. A naval jack
, a green flag with a yellow harp, is set out in Defence Forces Regulations and flown from the bows of warships in addition to the national flag in limited circumstances (e.g. when a ship is not underway). It is based on the unofficial green ensign
of Ireland used in the 18th and 19th centuries and the traditional green flag of Ireland dating from the 16th century.
Like the national flag, the national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann
(English: A Soldier's Song), has its roots in the Easter Rising, when the song was sung by the rebels. Although originally published in English in 1912,
the song was translated into Irish in 1923 and the Irish-language version is more commonly sung today.
The song was officially adopted as the anthem of the Irish Free State in 1926 and continues as the national anthem of the state.
The first four bars of the chorus followed by the last five comprise the presidential salute
Prior to 2002, Ireland used the punt
(Irish pound) as its circulated currency. The euro was introduced as an accounting currency in 1999.
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