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General Register Office1845-04-01n/aMcGauran et al. 2005; www.groireland.ie; Marriages (Ireland) Act 1844; Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1863
Valuation Office1852-01-012023-03-01Subsequently merged with Property Registration Authority and Ordnance Survey Ireland to form Tailte ÉireannMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.valoff.ie/; Valuation (Ireland) Act 1852; Valuation Acts and Statutory Instruments 1963 to 2005, specifically Valuation Act 2001. Tailte Éireann Act 2022 (No. 50 of 2022); S.I. No. 58/2023; https://http:/​/​www.valoff.ie/​en/​about-us/​tailte-eireann/​
Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland1845-01-012014-10-16Pre-independence body but remit revised by legislation in 1961 and 1973. Dissolved in 2014 and functions transferred to the new Charities Regulatory Authority. Charitable Donations and Bequests (Ireland) Act 1844; McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.charitycommissioners.ie/; Charities Acts 1961 & 1973; www.charitiesregulator.ie; Charities Act 2009; S.I. No. 456/2014; S.I. No. 457/2014
Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies1896-08-07Statutory footing can be traced back to the Friendly Societies Act 1896, adapted and modified by the Registrar of Friendly Societies (Adaptation Order) 1926. Also performs functions of the Registrar of Companies McGauran et al. 2005; some information on www.cro.ie; Friendly Socities Act 1896 to 1977; Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1893 to 1978; Trade Union Acts 1871 to 1990
Met Éireann1936-12-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.met.ie/; Meteorological Services (Re-distribution of Public Services) Order, 1936 (SR & O No 276 of 1936) and later reassignments - eg Communications (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) (No. 2) Order, 1987; Dáil Éireann - Volume 647 - 13 February, 2008--Written Answers. - Departmental Bodies
Placenames Commission1946-10-242012-10-11Future placenames orders will be made by the Minister of State following public consultation and on consideration of advice provided by a voluntary Placenames Committee (established 19 September 2013). A new Placenames Committee was appointed on the 13th September 2016. The primary responsibility of the Placenames Committee is to advise the Minister for the Gaeltacht in relation to the Placenames of Ireland as defined in section 31 of the Official Languages Act, 2003.McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.logainm.ie/; Place-names Act 1973; http://www.ahg.gov.ie/en/Irish/ThePlacenamesBranch/; Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 'Critical Review of the Placenames Commission'; Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform, 'Summary of agency rationalisation measures as at January 2014', Table B - http://per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/Table-B.pdf; https://www.logainm.ie/en/inf/coiste
Central Statistics Office1949-06-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.cso.ie/; Statistics Act 1993
Office of the Ombudsman1983-07-07Legislation created the office in 1980; the first Ombudsman took up office in 1984 following passing of I.R. Uimh. 424/1983 — An tOrdú um an Acht Ombudsman, 1980 (An Lá Ceaptha), 1983.McGauran et al. 2005; http://ombudsman.gov.ie/en/; The Ombudsman Act 1980; I.R. Uimh. 424/1983 — An tOrdú um an Acht Ombudsman, 1980 (An Lá Ceaptha), 1983.
National Statistics Board1986-02-01Was initially set up on a non-statutory basis in 1986; and was established on a statutory basis in 1994McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.nsb.ie/; The Statistics Act 1993
National Archives1988-06-01Took over the functions previously performed by the State Paper Office (1702) and the Public Record Office of Ireland (1867)http://www.nationalarchives.ie/; The National Archives Act 1986
Office of the Data Protection Commissioners1989-01-09McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.dataprotection.ie/; Data Protection Act 1988 and Data Protection Amendment Act 2003
Office of the Appeal Commissioners1968-03-262016-03-21Replaced Special Commissioners, replaced by the Tax Appeals Commission. McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.appealcommissioners.ie/; Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1968; Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997; Finance (Tax Appeals) Act 2015; S.I. No. 111/2016
Office of the Information Commissioner1997-04-21McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.oic.gov.ie/en/; Freedom of Information Act 1997 and FOI (Amendment) Act 2003
Irish Takeover Panel1997-04-29http://www.irishtakeoverpanel.ie/; Irish Takeover Panel Act 1997
National Competitiveness Council1997-05-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.competitiveness.ie/
Local Government Management Services Board1997-01-012012-08-01McGauran et al. 2005; www.lgmsb.ie/; S.I. No.410/1996; S.I. No. 289/2012; Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012; S.I. No. 287/2012
ERDF and Cohesion Fund Financial Control Unit1998-01-012006-06-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.ndp.ie/; ERDF and Cohesion Fund Financial Control Unit Annual Reports 1999-2006; Dáil debates, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - Industrial Development (Forfás Dissolution) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed)
Local Government Computer Services Board1975-09-172012-08-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.lgcsb.ie/; Local Government Services (Corporate Bodies) Act 1971; S.I. No.212 of 1975; the LGCSB Establishment Order (Amendment) 2004; Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012; S.I. No. 287/2012; S.I. No. 288/2012
National Forum on Europe2001-10-182009-04-01www.forumoneurope.ie/
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
Standards in Public Office Commission2001-12-10Replaced the Public Offices Commission, which was established in 1995 on the basis of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995McGauran et al. 2005; Standards in Public Office Act 2001; http://www.sipo.gov.ie/
Ordnance Survey Ireland1824-01-012023-03-01Dates back to 1824 when the Ordnance Survey Office was set up. Ordnance Survey Ireland operated as part of the civil service under the Department of Finance from 1924 until 2002 when it became a commercial state enterprise under the Ordnance Survey Ireland Act 2001. Subsequently merged with the Property Registration Authority and the Valuation Office to form Tailte ÉireannMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.osi.ie/; Ordnance Survey Ireland Act 2001; S.I. No. 73/2002; Tailte Éireann Act 2022 (No. 50 of 2022); S.I. No. 58/2023; https://http:/​/​www.valoff.ie/​en/​about-us/​tailte-eireann/​
Commission for Public Service Appointments2004-10-192012-10-31Prior to 2004: similar functions were fulfilled by the Civil Service Commissioners (1956-2004) and Local Appointments Commissioners (1926-2004). In 2004 these bodies were dissolved and substituted by the Commission for Public Service AppointmentsPublic Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004; http://www.cpsa.ie/; Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012
Houses of the Oireachtas Commission2004-01-01Received authority and responsibility for provision of services to the Houses of the Oireachtas and their Committees from the ultimate authority of the Minister for FinanceHouses of the Oireachtas Commission Act 2003; http://www.oireachtas.ie/
Public Record Office of Ireland1867-01-011988-06-01Death by merge into National ArchivesPublic Records (Ireland) Act, 1867; http://www.nationalarchives.ie/aboutus/history.html; The National Archives Act 1986
State Paper Office1702-01-011988-06-01Merge into National ArchivesIPA Yearbooks; http://www.nationalarchives.ie/about-us/history/; The National Archives Act 1986
Public Appointments Service2004-10-19Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004; http://www.publicjobs.ie/
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
National Property Services Regulatory Authority2006-12-01http://www.npsra.ie/; 'Debate on property regulation bill to start in Seanad next week' Irish Times, 14 May 2009; Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011
Property Registration Authority2006-11-042023-03-01Replaced the Registrar of Deeds and Titles (est. in 1964) as the 'registering authority' in relation to property registration in Ireland. Subsequently merged with Ordnance Survey Ireland and Valuation Office into Tailte ÉireannRegistration of Deeds and Title Act 2006; http://www.landregistry.ie/eng/; Tailte Éireann Act 2022 (No. 50 of 2022); S.I. No. 58/2023; https://http:/​/​www.valoff.ie/​en/​about-us/​tailte-eireann/​
Citizens Information Board2007-02-21Formerly known as the National Social Services Board (1984-2000) and Comhairle (2000-2007)Citizens Information Act 2007; http://www.citizensinformationboard.ie/
Local Appointments Commission1926-01-012004-10-19In 2004, the Civil Service Commissioners (1956-2004) and Local Appointments Commissioners (1926-2004) were dissolved and substituted by the Commission for Public Service AppointmentsLocal Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act, 1926; Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004
Civil Service Commissioners (II)1957-02-182004-10-19In 2004, the Civil Service Commissioners (1956-2004) and Local Appointments Commissioners (1926-2004) were dissolved and substituted by the Commission for Public Service AppointmentsCivil Service Commissioners Act, 1956; S.I. No. 17/1957; Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004
Public Offices Commission1995-11-012001-12-10Replaced by Standards in Public Office CommissionEthics in Public Office Act 1995; Standards in Public Office Act, 2001
Public Service Advisory Council1973-11-011987-01-01Ministers and Secretaries Act 1973; S.I. No. 293/1973; Dáil Éireann - Volume 422 - 08 July, 1992--Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Public Service Advisory Council
Companies Registration Office1908-01-01Also Registrar of Friendly Societies (plan to formally merge)McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.cro.ie/; Companies Acts, 1908 To 1917; Companies (Re-Constitution of Records) Act, 1924; Registration of Business Names Act, 1963
Land Registry1892-01-012006-11-04Land Registry - pre-independence body that was subsumed into Home Affairs in 1922 and then Justice. Merged into Property Registration Authority in 2006http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR07000396; Dáil Éireann - Volume 588 - 06 July, 2004--Written Answers. - Departmental Bodies
Registry of Deeds1707-01-012006-11-04Merged with Land Registry into Property Registration Authorityhttp://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR07000396; http://www.landregistry.ie/eng/About_Us/Registry_of_Deeds_Services/
Public Trustee1903-11-011992-01-01Irish Land Act 1903; Public Trustee Rules, 1904, 1908, 1927 (S.I. No. 14/1927) and 1947 (S.I. No. 94/1947); Seanad Éireann - Volume 134 - 21 October, 1992--Irish Land Commission (Dissolution) Bill, 1989: Second Stage
Local Government Management Agency2012-08-01http://www.lgcsb.ie/en; S.I. No. 290/2012
Insolvency Service of Ireland2013-03-01Personal Insolvency Act 2012; http://www.isi.gov.ie/
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
Tax Appeals Commission2016-03-21Replaced the Office of the Appeal Commissionerswww.taxappeals.ie; Finance (Tax Appeals) Act 2015; S.I. No. 111/2016
Legal Services Regulatory Authority2016-10-01www.lsra.ie; Legal Services Regulation Act 2015; S.I. No. 507/2016
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
Electricity Commissioners1919-12-231924-06-19The Electricity Commissioners was established ‘to promote, regulate and supervise the supply of electricity’ under the direction of the Board of Trade. It provided for the formation of electricity districts and, where necessary, the establishment of joint electricity authorities, ‘to provide or secure the provision of a cheap and abundant supply of electricity’Electricity (Supply) Act 1919 (9 & 10 Geo. 5. c. 100); Electricity Commissioners (Transfer of Functions) Order 1924 (No. 7 of 1924)
Local Government Board for Ireland1872-08-101924-06-02The Local Government Board for Ireland took over the functions of the Irish Poor Law Commissioners with respect to Boards of Guardians of Poor Law Unions, and also dealt with urban municipal government (town commissioners and borough corporations). The Board continued for a time post-independence, though its personnel and functions were moved to other parts of the Government administration. The Board's functions appear to have been formally subsumed into the Department of Local Government and Public Health by 1924Local Government Board (Ireland) Act 1872; Third Part of the Schedule to the Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924 (No. 16 of 1924); Mary E. Daly, 'The Buffer State: The Historical Roots of the Department of the Environment' (Institute of Public Administration, 1997)
Office of the Paymaster General1861-01-01The Office of the Paymaster General, including its Ireland-related functions, was formed in 1861 with the merger of a number of pre-existing offices, including the Paymaster of the Civil Service in Ireland. The Office continued in being post-independence. The Office has two operational arms: one provides a banking service to Departments and Offices while the other pays pensions on an agency basis to certain retired civil servants, office holders and VEC staff. The Office is administered from within the Department of Finance https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Belfast/issue/39/page/379; First Part of the Schedule to the Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924 (No. 16 of 1924); https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2012-01-31.867.0
Office of Director of Authorised Intervention, Tuam2023-03-20The Office of Director of Authorised Intervention, Tuam, is mandated to, inter alia, arrange for the forensic excavation and recovery of human remains buried in a manifestly inappropriate manner and to make final arrangements for human remains recovered. The establishment of this Office relates, in particular, to inappropriate historic burials of childrens' remains on the grounds of a Mother and Baby Home at Tuam, County GalwayMinisterial Order under section 9(1) of the Institutional Burials Act 2022 (No. 18 of 2022)