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‘Units’ in this database are national-level organisations which perform public functions under public authority. These include government departments, agencies, and commercial state-owned enterprises. For further details on the types of organisations included in the database, see the what we have done and why document.

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Irish Film Censor's Office (IFCO)1923-07-162008-07-20Replaced by Irish Film Classification Office in 2008McGauran et al. 2005; www.ifco.ie; Censorship of Films Act, 1923; the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008
Radio Telefís Éireann 1966-03-08Radio established on 1 January 1926; television on 31 December 1961; officially replaced Radio Éireann under Broadcasting Authority (Amendment) Act, 1966 McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.rte.ie/; Broadcasting Authority (Amendment) Act, 1966; Broadcasting Acts 1976 and 2001
Foras na Gaeilge1999-12-02McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.gaeilge.ie/; the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999; the North-South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) Northern Ireland Order 1999
Department of the Gaeltacht1956-07-021993-01-19MINISTERS AND SECRETARIES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 1956; S.I. 22/1993; IPA Administration Journal 2007, Vol. 55 No. 1
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/
Independent Radio and Television Commission1988-10-172001-09-01Replaced by Broadcasting Commission of IrelandRadio and Television Act, 1988; Broadcasting Act, 2001
Bord Fáilte Éireann1955-07-012003-05-28Replaced An Bord Fáilte and Fógra Fáilte, added publishing/publicity functions. Replaced by National Tourism Development Authority (Fáilte Ireland)Tourist Traffic Act 1955; National Tourism Development Authority Act 2003
Telefís na Gaelige2007-04-01Was established as a wholly owned subsidiary by RTE in 1996. It was established as independent public corporation in 2007 (Broadcasting Act 2001)http://www.tg4.ie/bearla/; Broadcasting Act 2001
National Film Studios of Ireland1975-06-011982-04-01Ardmore Film Studios were purchased by the Government in 1973, run by RTE until 1975 when name changed to NFSI; statutory basis in 1980; closed and went into receivership & company liquidated April 1982National Film Studios of Ireland Limited Act, 1980; Dáil Éireann - Volume 334 - 18 May, 1982--Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ardmore Studios Closure; Dáil Éireann - Volume 340 - 02 March, 1983--Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - National Film Studios
An Gúm1925-03-061999-12-02Merged into Foras na Gaeilgehttp://gaeilge.ie/Foras_na_Gaeilge/An_Gum.asp; the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999; the North-South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) Northern Ireland Order 1999; Dáil Éireann - Volume 42 - 28 June, 1932, Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - An Gúm.
Press Council of Ireland2007-11-06Independent press regulation body; prior to 2006, similar functions were exercised by the Press Industry Steering Committee (2004-2006), which proposed the creation of the Press Council of Ireland and election of the Press OmbudsmanCRO lists date of registration as 06/11/08; see also http://www.pressombudsman.ie/ (which has 1 Jan 08 as start)
Office of the Press Ombudsman2008-01-01Prior to 2006, similar functions were exercised by the Press Industry Steering Committee (2004-2006), which proposed the creation of the Press Council of Ireland and election of the Press Ombudsmanhttp://www.pressombudsman.ie/
Fógra Fáilte1952-01-011955-07-01Merge with An Bord Fáilte to form Bord Fáilte Éireann Tourist Traffic Acts 1952 & 1955
Irish News Agency1950-03-201957-07-15Irish News Agency Act, 1949; Dáil Éireann - Volume 162 - 25 June, 1957--Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish News Agency; Horgan, J. (2001)'Irish media: a critical history since 1922', London: Routledge; 'News Agency's Directors' Fees' Irish Times, 21 March 1950; 'Irish News Agency Closes Down' Irish Times, 16 July 1957
Radio Éireann1960-06-011966-03-08Broadcasting Authority Act, 1960; S.I. No. 107/1960; Broadcasting Authority (Amendment) Act, 1966
Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO)2008-07-20Replaced Irish Film Censor's Officewww.ifco.ie; Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008
Censorship of Films Appeals Board1923-07-162008-07-20Censorship of Films Act, 1923; Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008
Classification of Films Appeal Board2008-07-20Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008; www.ifco.ie
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland2009-10-012023-03-15Created by merge of BCC and BCI. Subsequently replaced by Coimisiún na MeánBroadcasting Act 2009; http://www.bai.ie/; Part 16 of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Act 2022 (No. 41 of 2022); S.I. No. 72/2023
Broadcasting Advisory Committee1927-03-241952-12-31Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1926; S.I. No. 31/1927; http://www.rte.ie/
Comhairle Radio Éireann1953-01-011960-05-31Replaced by Radio Éireann under the Broadcasting Authority Act, 1960.Advisory Committee - Dáil Éireann - Volume 168 - 12 June, 1958, Written Answers. - State-sponsored Companies, Commissions, Committees and Advisory Councils; Dáil Éireann - Volume 179 - 24 February, 1960, Committee on Finance. - Broadcasting Authority Bill, 1959 [Seanad]—Second Stage; Broadcasting Authority Act, 1960
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media2020-09-30Replaced Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht S.I. No. 403/2020
Ministry for Publicity1922-01-111922-09-09Ministry seemingly discontinued from September 1922Chubb 1970; https://www.gov.ie/ga/foilsiuchan/99eec5-second-dail/
The Future of Media Commission2020-09-012022-07-12The Future of Media Commission was set up by the Government in September 2020 to examine the future of the media in Ireland. This includes Ireland’s public service broadcasters, commercial broadcasters, print and online media platforms. The Commission published its report in July 2022https://futureofmediacommission.ie/; https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ccae8-report-of-the-future-of-media-commission/#:~:text=Established%20by%20Government%20in%20September,of%20delivering%20public%20service%20aims.
Coimisiún na Meán2023-03-15Coimisiún na Meán assumed the functions of the prior Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. It has also been mandated to establish a regulatory framework for online safety, to update the regulation of television broadcasting and video on-demand. It will also facilitate the transposition of relevant EU directives into Irish lawOnline Safety and Media Regulation Act 2022 (No. 41 of 2022); Broadcasting Act 2009 (No. 18 of 2009) (as amended); S.I. No. 72/2023; https://www.cnam.ie/about-us/