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The government of the Celtic Alliance is divided into various branches.

Legal structures

The legal structure of the Alliance places the constitution at the center of all laws. Local courts notably the Scottish, Normandy and Breton have autonomy and differing legal frameworks i.e. founded on principles of roman law, were as local law in Eire, Wales and England is common law based. No local court can over turn the constitution.

  • Supreme Court - Meets in Dublin

Judges - Eire 2 / Scotland 2 / Normandy 1 / Breton 1 / England 2 / Wales 1

  • High Courts - Various locations

Dublin - Stornaway - Nates - Rennes - New London - Aberystwyth

  • District or County Courts - Various locations

President

The formal powers and functions of the President are prescribed in the Constitution. The President, who does not have an executive or policy role, exercises them on the advice of the Government.

There are some specific instances where the President has an absolute discretion, such as in referring a Bill to the Supreme Court for a judgment on its constitutionality or in refusing to dissolve Celtic State Parliament on the advice of a Taoiseach (Prime Minister) who has ceased to retain a majority. Additional functions can be conferred on the President by law. A special (Presidential) Commission acts whenever the President is absent

Presidents Oath: In the presence of this sovereign parliament elected by the people of the Republic, I do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that I will maintain the Constitution of the Republic and uphold its laws, that I will fulfill my duties faithfully and conscientiously in accordance with the Constitution and the law, and that I will dedicate my abilities to the service and welfare of the people of the Republic. May the people direct and sustain me.

Celtic State Parliament

The State Parliament legislative competence covers the areas in which it can make laws – by explicitly specifying powers that are "reserved" to the Parliament of the Alliance: all matters that are not explicitly reserved are automatically the responsibility of the Regional Assemblies.

The Celtic Alliance Parliament retains the ability to amend the terms of reference of the Regional Assemblies, and can extend or reduce the areas in which they can make laws.

Areas reserved

  • Military defense and development,
  • Constitution,
  • Supreme court,
  • Telecommunications,
  • Trade links,
  • Taxation,
  • Policing and fire services.
Dail

The Chamber

The Chamber of the Parliament is the venue for Meetings of the Parliament. Meetings of the Parliament normally take place between Monday to Thursday.

It currently consists of 77 members from across the Celtic Alliance. However sittings of the Chamber can take place with as few as 35 members if required.

Nation Seats in Parliament
Eire
Isle of Ireland
32
Alba
Mainland Scotland
10
England
England
9
Gorllewin Cymru
Wales
7
Na h-Eileanan a-staigh
Inner Hebrides
5
Bertaèyn et Basse-Normandie
Brittany and Lower Normandy
5
Na h-Eileanan Siar
Outer Hebridies
3
Arcaibh a-Zetland
Northern Isles
3
The Angel Isles
Manx, Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands
3

Governmental Committees

Committees play a central part in the work of the Parliament – taking evidence from witnesses, scrutinizing legislation and conducting inquiries. Most committees meet weekly or fortnightly, usually on Friday or less commonly on Wednesday mornings, in one of the Parliament's committee rooms or main library – or in locations around the Alliance. Most meetings are public.

Committees are usually made up of seven members, decisions are made by simple hand raising vote, with the majority winning.

Regional Assemblies

From 2006 the Celtic Alliance began to set up regional assemblies in order for general day to day management of subjects that can be undertaken without the need to go to the main Celtic Parliament.

Those subjects are:

  • Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development
  • Education and training
  • Health and health services
  • Highways and transport
  • Housing
  • Local government management
  • Local judicial services (some High Courts)
  • Town and country planning
  • Water and flood defence
  • Development for National language (Welsh, Cornish, Breton, Norman or Manx)

The first regional assemblies were set up in 2007 in:

  • Brittany and Normandy
  • Wales

In 2009 another two assemblies was set up:

  • Isle of Man
  • Cornwall and Devon

In 2012 three more assemblies were set up

  • The Channel Islands (or Bailiwick Islands) got their own assembly in April 2012.
  • The Northern Isles (Nordreyer Islands) of the Orkney and Zetland (Shetland) Islands - Got their own an assembly in June 2012, locals announced that they will return to the islands old Norse name of Norðreyjar, anglasised to the Nordreyar Islands.
  • Wessex (The former English counties of Glostershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Oxfordshire and Berkshire) got their own regional assembly in October 2012.

Also in 2012, the Isles of Scilly joined the Kernow/Devonian assembly with two new members.

Assemblies make up

  • The Cymru (Welsh) assembly, contains 55 members
  • The Breto-Norman assembly, contains 40 members
  • The Mann (Isle of Man) assembly (or Tynwald), contains 35 members
  • Kernow (Cornish)/Devonian assembly, contains 22 members.
  • The Bailiwick Islands - Jersey, Gurnsey, Herm and Sark, assembly contains 20 members
  • the Northern Isles - Orkney and Zetland Islands, assembly contains 20 members
  • Wessex - (former English counties of Glostershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Oxfordshire and Berkshire) - assembly contains 35 members.

Further assemblies?

There have been calls from peoples in various parts of the Celtic Alliance for more regional assemblies these include:

  • Ulster.
  • Northern Scotland.
  • Hebridies - Both Inner and Outer
  • English Counties around New London, either in their separate assembly or included in the Wessex Assembly

These possible new assemblies will have to be discussed in the Celtic Parliament before any decisions are made.

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