Outline of the Republic of Ireland

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The location of Ireland
An enlargeable map of the Republic of Ireland

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Ireland:

Ireland (Irish language: Éire) is a sovereign island nation located in Northern Europe.[1] The modern Irish state occupies five-sixths of the island of Ireland, which was partitioned in 1921. It is bordered by Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) to the north, by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and by the Irish Sea to the east. According to the Constitution of Ireland, "Ireland" is the official English language name of the state.[2] In 1948, the Oireachtas adopted the term "Republic of Ireland" as an English language description of the State.[3]

Ireland is one of the richest, most developed and peaceful countries on earth, having the fifth highest gross domestic product per capita, second highest gross domestic product (purchasing power parity) per capita and having the fifth highest Human Development Index rank. The country also has the highest quality of life in the world, ranking first in the Economist Intelligence Unit's Quality-of-life index. Ireland was ranked fourth on the Global Peace Index. Ireland also has high rankings for its education system, political freedom and civil rights, press freedom and economic freedom; it was also ranked fourth from the bottom on the Failed States Index, being one of the few "sustainable" states in the world.

Ireland is a member of the EU, the OECD and the UN. Ireland's policy of neutrality means it is not a member of NATO. Ireland's population is the fastest growing in Europe, with an annual growth rate of 2.5%.

Note that many geographic and cultural articles on Ireland consider the island of Ireland as a whole, including Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Where no distinct article for the Irish state is available, this outline gives the relevant article for the entire island.

General reference[edit]

An enlargeable basic map of Ireland

Geography of Ireland[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of the island of Ireland
Main article: Geography of Ireland

Environment of Ireland[edit]

An enlargeable satellite image of the island of Ireland

Natural geographic features of Ireland[edit]

Regions of Ireland[edit]

Main article: List of regions of the Republic of Ireland

Ecoregions of Ireland[edit]

Main article: Ecoregions of the Republic of Ireland

Administrative divisions of Ireland[edit]

Main article: Local government in the Republic of Ireland
Counties of Ireland[edit]
Main article: Counties of Ireland

The counties of the Republic of Ireland:

The counties arranged in other ways:

Municipalities of Ireland[edit]

Demography of Ireland[edit]

Main article: Demographics of the Republic of Ireland

Government and politics of Ireland[edit]

Main article: Government of Ireland and Politics of Ireland

Branches of the government of Ireland[edit]

Main article: Government of Ireland

Executive branch of the government of Ireland[edit]

Legislative branch of the government of Ireland[edit]

Judicial branch of the government of Ireland[edit]

Foreign relations of Ireland[edit]

International organisation membership[edit]

Ireland is a member of:[1]

Law and order in Ireland[edit]

Main article: Law of Ireland

Military of Ireland[edit]

Main article: Óglaigh na hÉireann

Local government in Ireland[edit]

History of Ireland[edit]

Culture of Ireland[edit]

Main article: Culture of Ireland

Art in Ireland[edit]

Sports in Ireland[edit]

Main article: Sports in Ireland

Economy and infrastructure of Ireland[edit]

Main article: Economy of Ireland

Education in Ireland[edit]

Main article: Education in the Republic of Ireland

See also[edit]

Main article: Republic of Ireland

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ireland". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Constitution of Ireland, Article 4: The name of the State is Éire, or, in the English language, Ireland.
  3. ^ Section 2 of the Republic of Ireland Act 1948
  4. ^ The Permanent Defence Forces (of Ireland) are the standing branches of the Irish Defence Forces, and are sometimes referred to as the PDF, the P.D.F. and the Permanent Forces.
  5. ^ The Reserve Defence Forces (of Ireland) are sometimes referred to as the RDF, the R.D.F., the Reserve Forces and the Reserves.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of Ireland