Stephen Mulraney wrote: > >> >> Of course, Ireland is an example of a Parliamentary system with a >> directly elected President - where the Taoiseach(Prime Minister) leads >> the Executive. >> > > > > ObUsage (ObRant?): "Prime Minister" for "Taoiseach" is more or less > wrong. It's never used in Ireland, and sounds like nothing but a typical > mistake by a foreigner (well, a British person, really ). Only after > living in England for three years, have I come to condone it, and only > because the misuse is so widespread here. If you really must use a > generic title in place of "Taoiseach", then say "Premier", not "Prime > Minister". > Well, the Taoiseach is a prime minister, but not a Prime Minister, if you see what I mean. Actually, looking it up, Article 28 of the Constitution(or should that be 'An Bunreacht'?) - (Paragraph 5) says 'The Head of Government, or Prime Minister shall be called, and is in this Constitution referred to as, the Taoiseach." The Irish version, which I believe has primacy, says 'An Taoiseach is teideal do cheann an Rialtais, .i. an Príomh-Aire, agus sin é a bheirtear air sa Bhunreacht seo.' at a guess, not knowing any Irish - "The Taoiseach is the Head of Government, or the Premier/Prime Minister, and will be referred to as such in this Constitution"