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Dáil Éireann

(dôl ā`rôn, dīl âr`ən) [Irish,=diet of Ireland], the popular representative body of the Oireachtas, or National Parliament, of the Republic of Ireland. The second, smaller chamber, the Saenad Éireann, or Senate, has very limited powers, and the executive, as represented by the prime minister, is responsible to the Dáil, whose members are elected by universal adult suffrage. The members of the first Dáil were elected in Dec., 1918, ostensibly to the British Parliament, but they established themselves as a separate revolutionary body. It first convened at Mansion House, Dublin, in Jan., 1919, and proclaimed the Irish republic. The Dáil existed precariously until the creation of the Irish Free State in 1921, and established itself firmly in the period of civil war that followed. See also IrelandIreland,
Irish Eire [to it are related the poetic Erin and perhaps the Latin Hibernia], island, 32,598 sq mi (84,429 sq km), second largest of the British Isles.
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; Sinn FéinSinn Féin
[Irish,=we, ourselves], Irish nationalist movement. It had its roots in the Irish cultural revival at the end of the 19th cent. and the growing nationalist disenchantment with the constitutional Home Rule movement.
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See study by J. L. McCracken (1958); B. Chubb, The Government and Politics of Ireland (2d ed. 1982).

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We will speak loudly in Dail Eireann and make sure that the West has a voice," he blasted.
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Indeed Gildea was on his way to Dail Eireann on Tuesday when he learned his wife had gone into premature labour and did a U-turn to be by her side.
HELEN McEntee yesterday admitted she is nervous about falling down the stairs on her first day in Dail Eireann today.
If the Government do not keep their promises by then, we will announce plans to picket Dail Eireann on Wednesday.
UNLIKE a lot of politicians, Health Minister Micheal Martin seems to be a straight talker and one of the genuine lads of Dail Eireann.
The first demo will be held outside Dail Eireann on Friday.
Donie, a member of Dail Eireann, has long links with the showbiz scene and was a member and manager of Jim Tobin And The Firehouse back in the 1970s.
Next week it's going to be the same old story in Dail Eireann.