UK vs IRE: Individual Ministerial Responsibility

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What is Individual Ministerial Responsibility?
The convention by which a minister is held responsible for their own actions and the actions of their department
-Min expected to resign or will be sacked
-could be a case of act of indiscretion or a failure of their dept
-Ministerial code indicates how t
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Is IMR maintained in Ireland?
-Yes, more easily enforced than collective responsibility as not along party lines
-Will likely face repercussions for their actions
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Give examples of IMR being implemented in Ire.
-FF Ag Minister Barry Cowen sacked in 2020 after refusing to resign over drink driving scandal
-FF Darragh Calleary (who replaced Cowen) fired after came to light he had broken lockdown regulations to play golf
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Give examples of IMR being waived in Ire.
Pending...
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Is IMR maintained in the UK?
-Sometimes...
-Ministers can face repercussions
-But quite often the PM will defend them to the hilt- defending the indefensible
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Give examples of IMR being enforced in UK.
-Amber Rudd resigned for having inadvertently 'misled the HoC' over Windrush scandal
-Mandelson forced to resign over accusations of fast-tracking associate's passport
-Estelle Morris resigned as 'just not up for the job' - failed to oversee rise in liter
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Give examples of IMR being waived in UK.
-PM defending Patel after found guilty of serious bullying in inquiry
-Gavin Williamson withstood many calls for resignation over exam results, U-turns over free schools meals and covid closures (had already been sacked as Defence sec in 2019 after leakin
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-Yes, more easily enforced than collective responsibility as not along party lines
-Will likely face repercussions for their actions

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