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Housing Finance Agency plc1982-02-08McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.hfa.ie/; Housing Finance Agency Act 1981
Arts Council1951-05-08McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.artscouncil.ie/; The Arts Acts 1951; 1973 and 2003
Screen Ireland1981-08-14Known as the Irish Film Board until renamed Screen Ireland in June 2018. Hiatus between 1987 and 1993 (see Dáil Éireann - Volume 373 - 25 June, 1987-- Estimates, 1987. - Vote 3: Department of the Taoiseach (Revised Estimate) and 'Higgins move to reactivate film board welcomed' P Woodworth, Irish Times, 31/03/1993). McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.irishfilmboard.ie/; Irish Film Board Act 1980; S.I. No. 282/1981; Irish Film Board (Amendment) Act 1993; Irish Film Board (Amendment) Act 1997; Irish Film Board (Amendment) Act 2000; National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Act 2015; S.I. No. 182/2018
Higher Education Authority1968-08-15Placed on a statutory footing in 1972 McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.hea.ie/; Higher Education Authority Act 1971; 'Higher Education Authority Formed' Irish Times, 16 August 1968
Health Research Board1986-08-14Amalgamation of the Medico-Social Research Board and the Medical Research Council of IrelandMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.hrb.ie/; S.I. No.279/1986; S.I. No.452/1986; S.I. No.115/2002; S.I. No.205/2002
Medical Research Council of Ireland1937-01-261986-10-31Dissolved to form Medical Research Board, which merged with Medico-Social Research Board into Health Research BoardS.I. No. 371/1986; S.I. No. 451 & 452/1986; http://www.hrb.ie/; FitzGerald, 1963; IPA Yearbook
Fulbright Commission Ireland1992-02-03An Bord Scoláireachtaí Cómalairte, established in 1957 by means of the Scholarship Exchange (Ireland and the United States of America) Act, 1957, was replaced under the Educational Exchange (Ireland and the United States of America) Act, 1991.http://www.fulbright.ie/; Scholarship Exchange (Ireland and the United States of America) Act, 1957; the Educational Exchange (Ireland and the United States of America) Act, 1991; S.I. No. 354/1991.
Léargas1993-10-28Léargas manage international and national exchange programmes in education, youth and community work, and vocational education and trainingMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.leargas.ie/
Heritage Council1995-07-10McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/; Heritage Act 1995
Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB)1999-12-02http://www.seupb.org/; the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999; the North-South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) Northern Ireland Order 1999
Western Development Commission1999-02-01Was established on a non-statutory basis in 1997 and became a statutory body in January 1999 on the basis of the Western Development Commission Act 1998McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.wdc.ie/; Western Development Commission Act 1998; S.I. No.9/1999
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences2000-01-012012-03-29McGauran et al. 2005; http://research.ie/; Written answers, Tuesday, 13 May 2014, Department of Education and Skills -Departmental Bodies Data
Science Foundation Ireland2003-07-25Was established in 2000 as a sub-board of Forfás. In 2003 was established on a statutory basis McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.sfi.ie/; Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Act 2003
Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology2001-06-012012-03-29McGauran et al. 2005; http://research.ie/; Written answers, Tuesday, 13 May 2014, Department of Education and Skills -Departmental Bodies Data
National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission2001-04-022014-12-22Following the commencement of the relevant provisions of the National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Act 2014, the NPRF‘s investment mandate ended on 22 December 2014 with the establishment of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), to which NPRC's assets were transferred. McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.nprf.ie/; National Pensions Reserve Fund Act 2000; National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Act 2014; S.I. No. 586/2014
Medical Research Board1986-10-311987-01-01This body was created to take over from the Medical Research Council of Ireland when it was dissolved on 31 October 1986. It was merged into the newly formed Health Research Board shortly thereafter.S.I. No. 371/1986; S.I. No. 451 & 452/1986
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland2002-05-01McGauran et al. 2005; Sustainable Energy Act 2002; http://www.sei.ie/
Eolas1988-01-011994-01-01Created by merge of National Board for Science and Technology and the Institute for Industrial Research and StandardsScience and Technology Act, 1987; Industrial Development Act 1993
Forbairt1994-01-011998-07-22Subsidiary body of Forfas; merged with Irish Trade Board to form Enterprise IrelandIndustrial Development Act 1993; Industrial Development (Enterprise Ireland) Act 1998
Culture Ireland2005-02-012013-01-31Note: Plans announced in Feb 2007 to make Culture Ireland a statutory body never materialised. On 31 Jan. 2013, a Delegation Order delegated the functions of directing Culture Ireland to a Principal Officer within the Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.http://www.cultureireland.ie/; Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform 'Summary of agency rationalisation measures as at January 2014', Table B http://per.gov.ie/summary-of-agency-rationalisation-measures-as-at-january-2014/; Written answers, Thursday, 7 March 2013 - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Departmental Appointments
An Chomhairle Oiliúna Talmhaíochta1979-07-201988-09-08Replaced and integrated the advisory services previously provided by the 27 county committees of agriculture and the education, the National Agricultural Authority & special advisory services of the Dept of Agriculture. Dissolved into TeagascAgriculture Act 1979; Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act, 1988
Area Development Management Ltd.1992-10-142005-07-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.pobal.ie/; Dáil Éireann - Volume 458 - 21 November, 1995--Written Answers. - Establishment of ADM; Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 14 October, 2008--Written Answers. - Departmental Agencies
Pobal2005-07-01Previously known as Area Development Management Limited (est. in 1992): ADM was established following the second national social partnership agreement, the Programme for Economic and Social Progress (PESP), 1991-1993. In 2005 the company changed its name to Pobalhttp://www.pobal.ie/; Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 14 October, 2008--Written Answers. - Departmental Agencies
Dormant Accounts Board2006-01-042012-12-31Composed after the Dormant Accounts Fund Disbursements Board was dissolved--government was given discretion over accountsDormant Account Acts 2001 and 2005; Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Act 2012
Education Finance Board2006-02-172013-03-29The Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse (Amendment) Act 2005; Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012; S.I. No. 96/2013; Written Answers, Wednesday, 22 January 2014, No. 80 - Departmental Bodies Establishment
Industrial Development Authority1949-05-011994-01-01Merged with Eolas to form Forfas and its subsidiaries (IDA Ireland and Forbairt)Industrial Development Authority Act, 1950; Industrial Development Act, 1993
An Foras Tionscal1952-01-011970-04-01Absorbed into Industrial Development AuthorityUndeveloped Areas Act, 1952; Industrial Development Act, 1969
Gaeltarra Éireann1958-04-011980-01-01Took over administration of Rural Industries previously administered by the Gaeltacht Services Division. Replaced by Údarás na Gaeltachta-1980 Gaeltacht Industries Acts, 1957 to 1977; Údarás na Gaeltachta Act, 1979
National Board for Science and Technology1978-04-051988-01-01Merged with Institute for Industrial Research and Standards to form EolasNational Board For Science and Technology Act, 1977; S.I. No. 78/1978; Science and Technology Act, 1987
Taiscí Stáit Teoranta1964-02-211972-03-28Became Foir TeorantaTaiscí Stáit Teoranta Act 1963; Foir Teoranta Act, 1972; Dáil Éireann - Volume 226 - 15 February, 1967--Written Answers. - State-Sponsored Bodies
National Development Corporation Ltd1986-06-111991-12-30Replaced National Enterprise Agency; Absorbed by Industrial Development AuthorityNational Development Corporation Act, 1986; Industrial Development (Amendment) Act, 1991
National Enterprise Agency, Ltd1980-05-161986-06-11Replaced by National Development CorporationNational Development Corporation Act, 1986; Dáil Éireann - Volume 322 - 24 June, 1980 - Written Answers. - National Enterprise Agency
National Heritage Council1988-09-051995-07-10Predecessor of Heritage Councilhttp://www.heritagecouncil.ie/
Advisory Committee on Cultural Relations1949-01-012005-02-01Replaced by Culture IrelandDáil Éireann - Volume 127 - 21 November, 1951 - Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cultural Relations Committee; Dáil Debate - Vol. 647 No. 1, 13 Feb 2008 Q. 232
Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge1952-09-052008-01-01Absorbed into Foras na Gaeilge; functions are now carried out under the name of Clár na Leabhar Gaeilgehttp://www.gaeilge.ie/Foras_na_Gaeilge/Clar_na_Leabhar_Gaeilge.asp; 'Book Body Meets' the Irish Press, 5 Sept. 1952; http://www.educationmatters.ie/2007/10/31/irish-language-books-board-disbanded/
Fóir Teoranta1972-03-281991-04-02Replaced Taiscí Stáit Teoranta in 1972; Absorbed into Industrial Credit Corporation Public Limited Company in 1991Fóir Teoranta Act, 1972; Foir Teoranta (Amendment) Act, 1973; Fóir Teoranta (Dissolution) Act, 1990
An Bord Scoláireachtaí Cómalairte1957-12-231992-02-03Replaced by the Ireland - United States Commission for Educational Exchange (The Fulbright Commission)Scholarship Exchange (Ireland and the United States of America) Act, 1957; the Educational Exchange (Ireland and the United States of America) Act, 1991; http://www.fulbright.ie/
General Medical Services (Payments) Board1972-07-282005-01-01Became part of HSES.I. No. 184/1972; Health Act 2004
Dormant Accounts Fund Disbursements Board2002-06-052006-01-04Replaced by Dormant Accounts BoardMcGauran et al. 2005; Dormant Account Acts 2001 and 2005
National Committee for Development Education1994-06-302002-12-01Dáil Éireann - Volume 644 - 18 December, 2007 - Written Answers. - Departmental Agencies; http://web.archive.org/web/20011214234002/http://www.ncde.ie/index.html
Irish Land Commission1881-08-221999-03-31Existed under various forms under British government since 1881; took on some of the functions of the Congested Districts Board under Land Law (Commission) Act, 1923Land Law (Ireland) Act 1881; Land Law (Commission) Act, 1923; Irish Land Commission (Dissolution) Act, 1992; S.I. No. 75/1999; Seanad Éireann - Volume 134 - 21 October, 1992--Irish Land Commission (Dissolution) Bill, 1989: Second Stage
Irish Sports Council1999-07-012015-10-01Dissolved, merged into Sport IrelandMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/; Irish Sports Council Act 1999; S.I. No. 173/1999; Sport Ireland Act 2015; S.I. No. 415/2015
Agency for Personal Service Overseas1974-03-282004-01-01In 2004 APSO was merged into the Irish government’s Development Cooperation Ireland (DCI) office Dáil Éireann - Volume 482 - 12 November, 1997--Written Answers. - Non-Commercial Agencies; Dáil Éireann - Volume 642 - 22 November, 2007--Written Answers. - Departmental Agencies; http://web.archive.org/web/20020331052250/http://www.apso.ie/; Listed in McGauran et al. 2005
Flax Development Board, Ltd.1943-02-161949-04-07Dáil Éireann - Volume 94 - 14 June, 1944--Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - The Flax Board; Dáil Éireann - Volume 97 - 12 July, 1945--Written Answers. - State Companies; Dáil Éireann - Volume 119 - 15 March, 1950--Committee on Finance. - Flax Act, 1936 (Suspension) Bill, 1950—Committee Stage; 'Farming Since the Famine' CSO, 1997; 'Flax Board for Eire Set Up' Irish Times, 17 Feb. 1943; 'Flax Board Activities Come to End' Irish Independent, 7 April 1949
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
National Development Education Grants Committee1989-01-011994-06-30Dáil Éireann - Volume 444 - 21 June, 1994 - Written Answers. - Development Education Support Centre
National Hospital Trustees1933-10-031938-08-06Replaced by Hospitals Trust BoardPublic Hospitals Act, 1933; Public Hospitals (Amendment) Act, 1938; Report dated 4th October in Irish Times of appointment of National Hospital Trustees
Irish Sea Fisheries Association Ltd1930-11-201952-04-24Dáil Éireann - Volume 37 - 26 February, 1931--Vote 54—Fisheries and Gaeltacht Services; Sea Fisheries Act, 1931; Hire-Purchase Act, 1946; Sea Fisheries Act 1952; Dáil Éireann - Volume 130 - 20 March, 1952--Committee on Finance. - Sea Fisheries Bill, 1952—Second Stage (Resumed)
State Agencies Development Cooperation Organisation1979-05-251992-01-01First set up (Sept) 1975 as coordinating forum, did not have formal status until 1979, when it was registered with the CRO.Seanad Éireann - Volume 89 - 31 May, 1978--Joint Committee on State-Sponsored Bodies: Motion.
Quit Rent Office1641-01-011943-01-01Absorbed into Irish Land Commission in 1943.Dáil Éireann - Volume 70 - 30 March, 1938; Committee on Finance. - Vote 30—Quit Rent Office; Dáil Éireann - Volume 93 - 26 April, 1944--Estimates for Public Services. - Vote 52—Lands
Investor Compensation Company Ltd. 1998-08-01Investor Compensation Act, 1998; Dáil Éireann - Volume 588 - 06 July, 2004--Written Answers. - Departmental Agencies; http://www.investorcompensation.ie/
Irish Research Council2012-03-29The mission of the Irish Research Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant research community in Ireland.http://www.research.ie/; 'New body sees value of research' Irish Times, 26 April 2012
An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh Agus Scileanna2013-10-27SOLAS was established to develop and give strategic direction to the Further Education and Training Sector in Ireland.Further Education and Training Act 2013; http://www.solas.ie/
Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board2013-03-25The Board of the Fund oversees the use of cash contributions of up to €110m pledged by the religious congregations to support the needs of some 15,000 survivors of residential institutional child abuseResidential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012; S.I. No. 95/2013; Written Answers, Wednesday, 22 January 2014, No. 80 - Departmental Bodies Establishment; http://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Agencies/Residential-Institutions-Statutory-Fund-Board.html; http://www.caranua.ie/
Congested Districts Board1891-08-051923-07-24Absorbed into Irish Land Commission in 1923Purchase of Land (Ireland) Act, 1891; Congested Districts Board (Ireland) Act 1899; Land Law (Commission) Act, 1923
Student Universal Support Ireland2012-05-22Replaced the sixty-six local awarding authorities that existed previously.http://www.susi.ie/; Student Support Act 2011; S.I. No. 161/2012
Social Finance Foundation2007-01-25In 2012, SFF was given responsibility for the administration of a Microfinance Loan Fund through their subsidiary Microfinance Ireland (Microenterprise Loan Fund Act 2012).http://www.sff.ie/; Microenterprise Loan Fund Act 2012; CRO, company registration number 433581; Written answers, Wednesday, 12 February 2014, Department of Finance, Departmental Bodies
Microfinance Ireland2012-09-27Microenterprise Loan Fund Act 2012; http://microfinanceireland.ie/; http://www.sff.ie/; CRO No. 516555
Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime2005-03-01http://www.csvc.ie/; Written answers, Wednesday, 16 October 2013, Department of Justice and Equality, Departmental Funding
Ireland Newfoundland Partnership2001-04-012009-01-01Written Answers - Ireland Newfoundland Partnership, Tuesday, 2 November 2010, Dáil Éireann Debate, Vol. 720 No. 3; http://web.archive.org/web/20070217141232/http://www.inp.ie/; Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes, Volume II: Detailed Papers
Sport Ireland2015-10-01Replaced the Irish Sports Council and National Sports Development Authoritywww.sportireland.ie/; Sport Ireland Act 2015
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
Ireland Strategic Investment Fund2014-12-22ISIF has a statutory mandate to invest on a commercial basis in a manner designed to support economic activity and employment in Ireland. Its predecessor was the National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF).www.ntma.ie; www.isif.ie; National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Act 2014; S.I. No. 586/2014
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
Home Building Finance Ireland2018-12-05www.hbfi.ie; Home Building Finance Ireland Act 2018; S.I. No. 518/2018
Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland2014-09-12The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) was established in 2014 to avail of both national and international funding for the purpose of making low-cost credit available to Irish small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Credit is provided through on-lending partners who, in turn, lend directly to SMEsStrategic Banking Corporation of Ireland Act 2014 (No 22 of 2014); https://sbci.gov.ie/about-us; https://core.cro.ie/e-commerce/company/582344