Day 3: State Departments and Local Government

This is the third day of mapping the state. If you'd like to view day 1 where I analyse the formal framework of the government, it can be seen hereand day 2 in which I analyse the Judiciary and the Oireachtas can be seen here.

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In this entry, I’ll be looking at the importance of government bodies and ministries in relation to proximity to the Taoiseach.

The Oireachtas and the Judiciary: The largest government bodies next to the Taoiseach are the houses of the Oireachtas, this is because the Taoiseach is limited by the support he has from the Seanad and the Dail. Once the Government passes the bills it wants it relies on the support of the Judiciary to enforce those laws which is why the judiciary is in such close proximity to the Oireachtas as we can see from the image above these institutions receive massive amounts of government funding.

Department of Defence:

The ministry of defence’s proximity to the Taoiseach shows that it traditionally has close ties with the office, this can be seen from the past as Ireland has had several Taoise who have served as minister for defence.

Department of Justice and Equality:

The Department of Justice and Equality has close communications with the government as can be seen by it’s proximity to the Taoiseach.

Department of Public Expenditure:

This department regulates public expenditure.

Department of social protection:

The Department of social protection is so large because of the fact Ireland has a large social welfare system, it’s noteworthy that its funding is colossal but the amount of funding that unemployment, pensions and disabilities take up seem to be less than half of the total amount of funding it receives.

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A visualisation of the local government and the distribution of its funding

Local Government:

The reason the Local governments are split up on the map is because they’re largely autonomous. The Local government receives its funding from the state and it’s spending goes on services that are supposed to benefit the community.

Some of the largest and smallest local governments are:

Dublin City Council:

CEO: Owen Colgan

Councillors: 63

Population: 527,612

Cork County Council:

CEO: Tim Lucey

Councillors: 33

Population:399,802

Fingal County Council:

CEO: Paul Reid

Councillors: 54

Population:273,991

South Dublin County Council:

CEO: Daniel McLoughlin

Councillors: 40

Population: 265,205

these get progressively smaller until we reach the two smallest county councils of Longford and Leitrim.

Longford County Council:

CEO: Tim Caffrey

Councillors: 18

Population: 39,000

Leitrim County Council:

CEO: Frank Curran

Councillors: 28

Population: 31,798

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