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 The economy has been based on agriculture up to the 1960's with the population living largely in the rural areas. Since the 1960's policies to promote the establishment and expansion of modern industry have been incorporated. This has brought about a major enlargement of urban development that has changed patterns of agriculture and brought more intensive production.
Contributing to the quality of Ireland's environment is the high annual rainfall and prevailing southwest winds from the Atlantic. Air pollution is low and the watercourses are of a very high standard. The low population density over much of the country has helped to preserve the quality of the landscape.
The protection of the environment is a major objective of Government; a clean environment is recognized as a crucial economic factor. It is of particular importance to the development of tourism, agriculture and food production, mariculture, aquaculture, other natural resource-based industries, and in the marketing abroad of quality products and services. The Environmental Protection Agency promotes and implements standards for environmental protection and management. From 1994 it has been responsible for licensing those categories of development that have the greatest potential to cause pollution.

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 Summer of 2006 gave the British Isles its longest, unbroken period of hot weather since 1659, when meteorological records were first collected.
 Saint Patrick (about 389-461) is the patron saint of Ireland. Patrick was born in Britain.
  Ireland, together with Britain, joined the European Economic Community in 1973.
 The population of the island as a whole is just under 6 million(2006), 4.20 million live in the Irish Republic and 1.7 million live in Northern Ireland.
Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. The National Parliament (Oireachtas) consists of the President and two Houses: Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (the Senate) Northern Ireland has a parliamentary monarchy and an electoral democracy. The voting age is 18 in both parts of Ireland.


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