This Order delegates to the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development the powers and duties of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development under the Acts, Orders and Regulations specified in the Order. The Acts are the Land Bond Act, 1992 (No. 4 of 1992) and Western Development Commission Act, 1998 (No. 42 of 1998).
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Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600 and 150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. Norman invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. The Irish famine of the mid-19th century saw the population of the island drop by one third through starvation and emigration. For more than a century after that the population of the island continued to fall only to begin growing again in the 1960s.