Turns out, I skipped one of the shorter ones. My bad. I actually wrote this a while back, just forgot to publish it.
Ireland is a sovereign, independent, democratic state.
You’re probably thinking: “Didn’t we cover this already?”
Yes, we’ve mentioned these words in the preamble and in Article One. But those were using the terms to describe the nation. Now we’re onto the state, that actual political basis of the country.
We’re outlining the basic points of the country again here. We are sovereign: we make our own decisions, in our own interest. We are independent: we are not under the control of another power any longer and are a separate state. We are democratic: we elect our government and officials.
The importance of this article is as a preamble to the more specific stuff that’s coming. We’re just making clear the most important aspects of the state and the constitution: sovereignty, independence, democracy. This is just about the end of the “stating the obvious” articles. After this, we’ll be getting into the nitty-gritty a little bit more.