28 Facts About Republic Ireland

1. At the Aviva Stadium this evening, Republic Ireland kept the reigning world champions try-less in their first home victory over the All Blacks, the first side to do so in more than 20 years.

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2. Republic Ireland will play their final fixture of the calendar year in Denmark on Monday evening having won only once in eight outings to date, far.

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3. Republic Ireland will play their final fixture of the calendar year in.

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4. Flag of Republic Ireland is a tricolour of green, white and orange.

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5. In 2015 Republic Ireland became the second country in the world to introduce plain cigarette packaging.

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6. On 23 May 2015, Republic Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.

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7. In 2011, Republic Ireland was ranked the most charitable country in Europe, and second most charitable in the world.

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8. Republic Ireland reached the quarter finals of the 2000 Rugby League World Cup as well as reaching the semi finals in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

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9. Republic Ireland has produced champion horses such as Galileo, Montjeu, and Sea the Stars.

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10. Republic Ireland has a wealth of structures, surviving in various states of preservation, from the Neolithic period, such as Bru na Boinne, Poulnabrone dolmen, Castlestrange stone, Turoe stone, and Drombeg stone circle.

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11. Republic Ireland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1965.

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12. Republic Ireland has made a significant contribution to world literature in both the English and Irish languages.

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13. Republic Ireland has 0.747 of the World's top 500 Universities per capita, which ranks the country in 8th place in the world.

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14. Republic Ireland has three levels of education: primary, secondary and higher education.

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15. As of 2011, Republic Ireland had the highest birth rate in the European Union.

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16. The Central Bank of Republic Ireland introduced a new statistic, "modified GNI", to remove these distortions.

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17. Republic Ireland continues to de-leverage its domestic private sector while growing its US multinational-driven economy.

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18. Since then, Republic Ireland has been able to sell long term bonds at record rates.

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19. Republic Ireland adopted the euro currency in 2002 along with eleven other EU member states.

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20. Republic Ireland is an open economy, and ranks first for "high-value" FDI flows.

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21. Republic Ireland is a neutral country, and has "triple-lock" rules governing the participation of Irish troops in conflict zones, whereby approval must be given by the UN, the Dail and Government.

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22. Republic Ireland tends towards independence in foreign policy; thus the country is not a member of NATO and has a longstanding policy of military neutrality.

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23. Republic Ireland has been a member state of the European Union since 1973, but has chosen to remain outside the Schengen Area.

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24. Republic Ireland is a constitutional republic with a parliamentary system of government.

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25. Republic Ireland became a member of the United Nations in December 1955, after having been denied membership because of its neutral stance during the Second World War and not supporting the Allied cause.

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26. Republic Ireland remained neutral during World War II, a period it described as the Emergency.

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27. Republic Ireland is a member of the European Union and is a founding member of the Council of Europe and the OECD.

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28. Republic Ireland became a member of the United Nations in December 1955.

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