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Employment Appeals Tribunal1977-05-09Replaced the Redundancy Appeals Tribunal (est. in 1967); merged into Workplace Relations Commission in October 2015 but continues to hear appeals submitted before 1 October 2015McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.eatribunal.ie/; Unfair Dismissals Act 1977; Workplace Relations Act 2015
Labour Relations Commission1991-01-212015-10-01Created following recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry on Industrial Relations (CIR) (established in 1978). Merged into Workplace Relations Commission in October 2015. McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.lrc.ie/; Industrial Relations Act 1990; S.I. No. 7/1991
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (I)1997-07-122010-05-02McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.entemp.ie/; S.I. No. 305/1997; S.I. No. 185/2010
Department of Enterprise and Employment1993-01-201997-07-11Coakley & Gallagher 2005; S.I. No. 19/1993; S.I. No. 305/1997
Equality Authority1999-10-182014-11-01Replaced the Employment Equality Agency which was set up in 1977 under the Employment Equality Act 1977. Merged with the Irish Human Rights Commission in 2014 to create the Irish Human Rights and Equality CommissionMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.equality.ie/; The Employment Equality Act 1998; the Equal Status Act 2000; www.ihrec.ie; Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014; S.I. No. 450/2014
Redundancy Appeals Tribunal1968-01-011977-05-09Functions taken over by Employment Appeals TribunalRedundancy Payments Act, 1967; S.I. No. 302/1967; S.I. No. 26/1969; Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977
Department of Labour 1966-07-121993-01-21Coakley & Gallagher 2005; Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 1966; S.I. No. 162/1966; S.I. No. 20/1993
National Employment Rights Authority2007-02-012015-10-01Established in February 2007 on an interim basis pending the enactment of the Employment Law Compliance Bill which will give NERA a statutory footing. Merged with other organisations into the Workplace Relations Commission in 2015. Workplace Relations Act 2015http://www.employmentrights.ie/en/
An Cheard-Chomhairle1960-04-111967-05-15regulated apprenticeships--functions taken over by AnCOApprenticeship Act, 1959; Industrial Training Act, 1967
Department of Industry and Commerce (I)1924-06-011977-09-22Coakley & Gallagher 2005; Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924; S.I. No. 306/1977
National Manpower Service1971-06-011988-01-01Merged into FASLabour Services Act, 1987; 'Manpower Service puts 800 in jobs' Irish Times, 25 Sept. 1971
Employment Equality Agency1977-10-011999-10-18Replaced by the Equality Authority in 1999Employment Equality Act 1977; The Employment Equality Act 1998
Special Employment Schemes Office1941-10-231967-03-01Responsibilities transferred to Dept of Local GovernmentDáil Éireann - Volume 108 - 09 October, 1947 - Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - New Government Departments; Dáil Éireann - Volume 226 - 09 February, 1967 - Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Development and Improvement Schemes
Youth Employment Agency1982-01-271988-01-01Merge with AnCO and National Manpower Service into FASYouth Employment Agency Act, 1981; S.I. No. 16/1982; Labour Services Act 1987; S.I. No. 248/1987
National Youth Work Advisory Committee1997-06-23Youth Work Acts, 1997 & 2001; Dáil Éireann - Volume 481 - 07 October, 1997--Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointments; Dáil Éireann - Volume 654 - 13 May, 2008--Written Answers. - Youth Work Sector; Written answers--Tuesday, 18 May 2010, Department of Health and Children, Youth Services
Skillnet Ireland Ltd.1998-12-17Formerly known as Skillnets Ltd., changed name to Skillnet Ireland in 2018http://www.skillnets.ie/; Seanad Éireann - Volume 187 - 24 October, 2007--Education and Training: Motion; www.skillnetireland.ie
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation2011-06-022017-09-02Department replaced by Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in 2017 following election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseachhttp://www.deti.ie/; S.I. No. 245/2011 S.I. No. 364/2017, http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2017/si/364
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection2017-09-022020-10-21New Department created to replace Department of Social Protection (I). Subsequently replaced by Department of Social Protection (II). Employment Affairs responsibilities also moved to new Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment S.I. No 366/2017, http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2017/si/366; S.I. No. 447/2020; S.I. No. 438/2020
Workplace Relations Commission2015-10-01New agency created to assume roles and functions of the National Employment Rights Authority, Equality Tribunal, Labour Relations Commission, Rights Commissioners Service and the Employment Appeals Tribunalwww.workplacerelations.ie; Workplace Relations Act 2015; S.I. No. 412/2015 - Workplace Relations Act 2015 (Establishment Day) Order 2015
National Shared Services Office2018-01-01The National Shared Services Office (NSSO) is a Scheduled Body which is a Shared Services provider for HR, pensions and payroll administration for Government Departments and Bodies.www.gov.ie; National Shared Services Office Act 2017; S.I. No. 579/2017
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 2014-11-01Result of a merger of the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authoritywww.ihrec.ie; Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014; S.I. No. 450/2014
Charities Regulatory Authority2014-10-16www.charitiesregulator.ie; Charities Act 2009; S.I. No. 456/2014; S.I. No. 457/2014
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (II)2020-11-10Replaced Department of Business, Enterprise and InnovationS.I. No. 519/2020; https://www.enterprise.gov.ie/en/
Ministry of Labour1922-01-111922-09-09May also have incorporated the 'trade and commerce' portfolio for a time. Subsumed into new Ministry of Industry and Commerce from September 1922 Chubb 1970; https://www.gov.ie/ga/foilsiuchan/99eec5-second-dail/
Industrial Inspectorate1956-10-011989-11-01An administrative merger of the Factories Inspectorate and the Quarries and Mines Inspectorate by 1971 created a new regime for industrial, particularly health and safety, inspections. This was administered by an Industrial Inspectorate in the Department of Labour. Functions subsequently assumed by the National Authority for Occupational Safety and HealthFactories Act 1955 (No. 10 of 1955); Mines and Quarries Act 1965 (No. 7 of 1965); S.I. No. 73/1970; Annual Reports of the Industrial Inspectorate, Houses of the Oireachtas Library; Section 4 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989 (No. 7 of 1989); S.I. No. 236/1989
Inspectorate of Factories 1901-01-011956-10-01The Inspectors of Factories were appointed under the Factory and Workshop Act 1901. The Chief and District Inspector were vested with statutory powers specified under the Act. Their post-independence remit included health and safety, as well as wage-related, compliance. Upon independence, the Irish inspectors are assumed to have initially transferred to the Ministry of Labour and later to Industry and Commerce. The Factories Inspectorate was administratively merged with the Mines and Quarries Inspectorate, creating the Industrial Inspectorate, by 1971Factory and Workshop Act 1901 (1 Edw. VII, c. 22); Factories Act 1955 (No. 10 of 1955); S.I. No. 160/1956; http://www.tara.tcd.ie/bitstream/handle/2262/4520/jssisiVolXv45_53.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y; Houses of the Oireachtas Library, Annual Report of the Industrial Inspectorate for 1 June 1970 to 31 December 1971