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2007, The Education Systems of Europe, Pages 378-393
The Republic of Ireland is a small country of just over three and a half million people on the western fringe of Europe. It has been a self-governing state since 1922 and it is a member of the European Union. According to the OECD Report of 1991, Ireland is overwhelmingly a Roman Catholic country, with 90% of the population belonging to the Roman Catholic Church. Because of this, and despite a rapid growth in the rate of economic development since the 1960s, Ireland has preserved many of the elements of its distinctive national culture and identity, such as the Irish language, and a distinctive Celtic identity in literature and the arts. These factors are all reflected in the school system, which has roots not only in ancient Ireland but also in the developments of recent centuries.
2009, Terrorism Within Comparative International Context, Pages 39-59
England has been the source of much of the legal history of the Western world. “Our English police system…rests on foundations designed with the full approval of the people, we know not how many hundreds of years before the Norman conquest, and has been slowly molded by the careful hand of experience, developing as a rule along the line of least resistance, now in advance of the general intelligence of the country, now lagging far behind, but always in the long run adjusting itself to the popular temper, always consistent with local self-government, and even at its worst, always English” (Lee, 1971, p. xxvii). The development of our common law system, like that of our modern police, is seated in the English traditions.