Welcome to the Irish State Administration Database.
The Irish State Administration Database constitutes a major research infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences in Ireland, and is of benefit to political scientists, historians, lawyers, sociologists and specialists in public policy. It should also be of interest to public servants and public representatives. The data presented here have been collected principally from official and primary sources. Where this has not proved possible, secondary sources have been relied upon and the accuracy of the data has been verified. Further information on the background to the database and the sources used can be found here
This resource provides a dataset capturing the establishment, growth and evolution of Ireland's state administration from the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922 to the present. The database records information about all national-level public organisations, including central Government departments and the agencies under their aegis, commercial state-owned enterprises and other relevant public bodies and institutions. The information in the database has been captured through two sets of related data:
- The population of organisations or ‘units’ and their attributes
- The set of ‘events’ that happened to each of these organisations at different stages of their development.
Users of the Irish State Administration Database are kindly requested to use the following citation:Hardiman, Niamh, Muiris MacCarthaigh, and Colin Scott. Year. The Irish State Administration Database. http://www.isad.ie. Date of access.