FAQ on James Browne
Where is James Browne from?
James was born and lives in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Where was James Browne educated?
Where did James Browne go to college?
WIT, UCC and the Kings Inns.
What did James Browne study and what are his qualifications?
James is an experienced Barrister who has two degrees; one in Law and one in Business. He also has a Master in E-Commerce.
His full qualifications are: Dip Gov., BA, LLB, LLM, BL.
What is James' work experience?
Before studying law, James studied Hotel and Catering and he has worked in bars and hotels from the age of 15 until he qualified as a barrister at the age of 30. He also worked in factories in Germany and on construction sites in Chicago. He has been practising as a Barrister for 10 years.
What does James Browne do in his spare time?
James is a keen fan of sports and in particular GAA and Soccer. He previously played for the Moyne Rangers and Marshalstown GAA.
When did James first get involved in politics?
James grew up in a political household. He was the youth officer of his local cumann. In UCC he was the secretary of the Donogh O'Malley Cumann.
What is James' political record?
Cllr James Browne was elected to Enniscorthy Town Council in 2009 on the first count with 377 votes. In 2014 he was elected to Wexford County Council on the first count and topped the poll with 1,969 votes, the highest vote in the county.
Why is James running for election?
He is running for election because he believes government should work for you. He would be very grateful for the opportunity to be a strong new voice for Wexford to ensure our community is not left behind and that government is held to account.
What are James' priorities?
Does James believe that social media is important?
Yes, James believes that social media is very important in order to communicate with his constituents. To this end he has a website, a dedicated Facebook page, he is on snapchat, instagram, linkdin and twitter. However, he believes there is no substitute for personally meeting as many people as possible and this is why he is carrying out a traditional full canvass of his area for the election.
FAQ on the General Election
What is this election about?
Registered voters will elect 158 members (TDs) of the 32nd Dáil, the lower house of the Oireachtas, or National Parliament. A typical day's work for a TD includes representing their constituents to ministers and government departments; drafting amendments to and examining proposals for new legislation; participating in committees; and voting on national issues.
The newly elected TDs will assemble shortly afterwards to elect a Taoiseach following agreement on the Government of the 32nd Dáil.
When is the general election taking place?
Ireland's next general election must take place no later than 8 April 2016. A general election in 2015 has been ruled out by the Taoiseach.
Who can vote in this general election?
Citizens of Ireland and the UK who are over the age of 18 and resident in Ireland may register and vote in Irish general elections.
How do I vote?
In order to vote, you must be on the Register of Electors. Being registered to vote means that you can participate in deciding who represents you at national level in the Dáil, and at local and European government level.
How do I get on the Register of Electors?Application forms for inclusion on the Register of Electors can be downloaded from checktheregister.ie or picked up from any local council, post office or public library.
Once I'm registered, when and where do I go to vote?
You must vote in person at your local polling station on election day. The address of your polling station will be identified on your polling card delivered to you by post before the election. Bring your polling card (or if you don't have one, some form of identification) to the front of the polling station. There you will be direct to your polling desk. They will mark you off the register and give you a ballot paper (voting card). The ballot paper will have the pictures and names of the candidates. Put a "1" in the box on the ballot paper beside you favourite candidate's name. You can put a "2" beside your second favourite and a "3" beside your third favourite. You can keep adding numbers if you like, and you can also stop whenever you like. Some people vote the whole way down the card, while other people prefer to just vote "1" and go home. How many people you vote for is your choice provided you vote 1,2,3,4,etc.
I got no polling card, can I still vote?
Provided you are on the register of electors you can still vote. Just bring some identification with you to your local polling station.
I'm an Irish citizen but live overseas. Can I register for a postal vote?
Generally, no. You must be resident in Ireland and vote in person.
However, certain Irish citizens, like diplomats and their spouses, members of the Gardaí and full-time members of the Irish Defence Forces may be eligible for a postal vote. Applications for inclusion on the Postal Voters List must be received by 25 November. Contact your local council for more information.
I have a disability or illness that prevents me from voting in person. Can I register for a postal vote?You may be eligible. Applications for inclusion on the Postal Voters List must be received by 25 November. Contact your local council for more information.
How do I fill out the ballot paper?
Ireland uses the electoral system of proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote. As a voter, you must indicate your first and subsequent candidate preferences on the ballot paper. "1" is written beside your first preference, "2" beside your second, "3" beside your third and so on.
Your vote is transferred to your second choice once your first choice is elected with a surplus of votes or is eliminated, and so on.
Do I have to assign a preference to every candidate?
You can assign a preference to as many or as few candidates as you like.
FAQ on our Political System
Where is the Dáil located?
Leinster House, Dublin 2.
What is a TD?
A TD is Irish form Teachta Dála (plural Teachtaí Dála) is a member of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (the Irish Parliament). It is the equivalent of terms such as "Member of Parliament" (MP) or "Member of Congress" used in other states. The official translation of the term is "Deputy to the Dáil"
For electoral purposes, the country is divided into areas known as constituencies, each of which elects either three, four or five TDs. Under the Constitution there must be at least one TD for every 20,000 to 30,000 people. A candidate to become a TD must be an Irish citizen and over 21. Members of the judiciary, the Gardai and the Defence Forces are disqualified from membership of the Dáil.
There are 166 TDs in the 31st Dáil. The next general election will elect 158 TDs, a reduction of 8.
What do TDs do?
They represent and work on behalf of the electors in their constituency. TDs can draft amendments and examine proposals for new legislation. TDs have the authority to contribute in debates about legislation and other matters that arise. They vote on important matters in the House, they attend Question Time and they partake in committee work. TDs make written or oral representatives to ministers or government departments on behalf of their constituencies.
The Constitution of 1937 came in to operation on the 29th of December 1937. The Department of the President of the Executive Council became the Department of the Taoiseach.
Who is the Taoiseach?
Mr Enda Kenny T.D. is the Taoiseach in Ireland and he is the Head of the Government. He is Party Leader, Government Chairman and Chief Policy Maker. Mary McAlese, the President of Ireland appointed the Taoiseach.
What does the Taoiseach do?
As Head of Government, the Taoiseach co-ordinates the work of all Government Departments. He chairs Government Meetings, directs their Agenda and business. The Taoiseach is equivalent of a prime minister. If the Taoiseach loses support of a majority in Dáil Éireann he is not automatically removed but is obliged to resign or to persuade the President to dissolve the Dáil.
The Taoiseach is the Chief Policy Maker for the Government. Bills that are passed by the Dáil and Seanad are presented to the President to sign in order for them to become law.
The Taoiseach always liases with the President and keeps her informed on international and domestic policy matters. The Taoiseach nominates the Attorney General who the President then appoints. Also the Taoiseach nominates Government Ministers (also known as the Cabinet) and the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) from Government. The Taoiseach has the power and authority to request the resignation of Ministers. He nominates the Ministers of State (Junior Ministers), for approval by Government. The Taoiseach has further responsibility in electing eleven members of the Seanad, the Clerks, the Clerks Assistants of the Dáil and Seanad, the Superintendent and the Captain of the Guards for the Houses of the Oireachtas. To be a Taoiseach, Tánaiste or Minister for Finance you must be a member of the Dáil.
What does the word Taoiseach mean?
Taoiseach means Chieftain or Leader.
How do you pronounce Taoiseach?
Phonetically the word is pronounced, “tee shock,” Taoisigh (the plural of Taoiseach) is pronounced as “teeshe”.
How many Taoisigh has Ireland had?
At different times in the past the Head of the Irish Government had different titles. Below is a list of the Heads of the Irish Government since it came into being in 1919.
Cathal Brugha: January 1919 – April 1919
Eamon de Valera: April 1919 – August 1921
Arthur Griffith: January 1921 – September 1922
Michael Collins: January 1922 – August 1922
W.T. Cosgrave: August 1922 – March 1932
Eamon de Valera: March 1932 – February 1948
John A. Costello: February 1948 – June 1951
Eamon de Valera: June 1951 – June 1954
John A. Costello: June 1954 – March 1957
Eamon de Valera: March 1957 – June 1959
Sean F. Lemass: June 1959 – Nov 1966
Jack Lynch: November 1966 – March 1973
Liam Cosgrave: March 1973 – June 1977
Jack Lynch: July 1977 – December 1979
Charles J. Haughey: December 1979 – June 1981
Garret Fitzgerald: June 1981 – January 1982
Charles J. Haughey: March 1982 – December 1982
Garret Fitzgerald: December1982 – March 1987
Charles J. Haughey: March 1987 – February 1992
Albert Reynolds: February 1992 – December 1994
John Bruton: December 1994 – June 1997
Bertie Ahern: June 1997 – May 2008
Brian Cowen: May 2008 to February 2011
Enda Kenny: February 2011 – present
Following the termination of a Dáil, the Taoiseach remains in office until the new Dáil get together and appoint a new Government.
If anything happened to the Taoiseach who would run the country?
The Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) would take over from the Taoiseach if he were to die or become incapacitated.
What are Parliamentary Questions?
Article 28.4.1 of the Constitution, states that the Government shall be responsible to Dáil Éireann. One of the procedures of the Dáil is to have members of Government report on the management of their Department by way of reply to Parliamentary Questions (PQs). Members of the Dáil can ask questions to any Minister of Government. Questions are directed to the Minister with functional responsibility for the matter at issue.
PQs can be a written or oral question. The Taoiseach answers Oral PQs in the Dáil on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s. All other Ministers answer Oral PQs once every 6 weeks. Replies to written PQs are supplied to the Deputies through the General Office in Leinster House.
The Taoiseach answers PQs relating to the activities of his Department and about his own schedule and activities (e.g. meetings with Heads of State, issues concerning Northern Ireland, EU and the President.)
What is the Cabinet?
The Government is referred to as the Cabinet. There are seven to fifteen members allowed in the cabinet. Detail discussed in Cabinet Meetings is confidential unless the High Court determines otherwise.
What is the Oireachtas?
The Oireachtas is Ireland’s national parliament. It consists of the President, Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann. Nobody is allowed to be a member of both Houses at the same time. The public can see the sitting of each house unless there is an emergency meeting when they are in private.
What is the Dáil?
Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives) normally meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, it can also have special sitting day. The work of the Dáil is dealing with debating social, economic, financial and budgetary matters. Its member’s draft, amend, vote and examine proposals for new legislation. The members debate bills and issues that are important for the welfare of the country. The members in the Dáil are called Teactaí Dála (plural) and Teachta Dála, (singular), T.D.s for short. To date the Dáil has166 members. The Chairman of the Dáil is called the Ceann Comhairle and the Deputy Chairman is the Leas-Ceann Comhairle.
What is the Seanad?
Seanad Éireann (Senate) normally meets twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The main business is revising legislation sent to it by Dáil Éireann. The Seanad cannot initiate financial legislation but it can make recommendations to money bills. The Seanad has sixty members; 11 are nominated by the Taoiseach, 43 are elected by panels representing Culture and Education, Agriculture, Labour, Industry and Commerce and Public Administration, the rest of the members are elected by graduates of the National University of Ireland and by the University of Dublin. The members are called Seanadóirí (plural) and Senadóir (singular). The Chairman of the Seanad is called the Cathaoirleach. At the same time only two senators may be ministers in the Government. To date the Senate has three standing committees, one of these has two sub-committees.
What is the Constitution?
Bunreacht na hÉireann (Constitution of Ireland), is the highest law of the country. It can only be changed with the vote of Irish citizens (aged eighteen and over) in a Referendum. When changes are made to the Constitution they are called Amendments. The Constitution was passed by the people of Ireland in a Referendum on the1st of July 1937. The Constitution has 50 articles and it covers a wide range of subjects including the establishment of the State, the colours of the Flag, the rules governing the Office of the President etc.