Names of the Irish state

Names Of The Irish State

Names of the Irish state

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There have been various names of the Irish state, some of which have been controversial. The constitutional name of the contemporary state is Ireland, the same as the island of Ireland, of which it comprises the major portion. However, in 1949 it formally declared itself a republic and was described in statute as the Republic of Ireland.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which had remained within the United Kingdom and constitutes one sixth of the territory of the island, objected to the political implications of the adoption of the name Ireland on the basis that it constituted an irredentist claim to sovereignty over the entire island of Ireland. However, that name was internationally recognised by the early 1960s and since the end of the 1990s has been accepted by the United Kingdom also.

Historically the island has been called Ireland, √Čire in Irish, and Hibernia in Latin.

Constitutional name

Article 4 of the Constitution of Ireland, adopted in 1937, provides that "he name of the State is √Čire, or, in the English language, Ireland".The wording of Article 4 has been criticised. Early criticisms are discussed above More recently, in its report, the in 1996 stated that that Article 4 was unnecessarily complicated and should be amended to read "The name of the State is Ireland" with an equivalent change in the Irish...
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