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Shannon Development1959-01-282014-09-05While Shannon Development's primary reporting line is to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, they also liaise with the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland in their role as the Regional Tourism Authority for the Shannon Region. Responsibility for tourism and aviation were delegated under S.I. No. 94/1987. On 5 Septemnber 2014 Shannon Development became part of Shannon Group plc and was renamed Shannon Commercial Enterprises DAC (Trading as Shannon Commercial Properties) and Shannon Developments previous enterprise support, employment development and tourism functions were transferred to the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.shannon-dev.ie/; Shannon Free Airport Development Company Ltd. Act, 1959; www.shannongroup.ie; www.gov.ie; State Airports (Shannon Group) Act 2014; S.I. No. 396/2014
Port of Cork Company1997-03-03McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.portofcork.ie/; Harbours Act 1996; S.I. 95/1997
Port of Waterford Company1997-06-16McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.portofwaterford.com/; Harbours Act 1996; S.I. No. 253/1997
Drogheda Port Company1997-03-032017-10-02Prior to 1997 existed as Drogheda Harbour Commissioners for about 200 years. Under the Harbours Act 2015, Drogheda Port Company was dissolved in October 2017 and transferred in its entirity to Louth County Council. McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.droghedaport.ie/; Harbours Act 1996; S.I. No 95/1997; S.I. No. 238/2004; Harbours Act 2015; S.I. No. 424/2017
Dublin Port Company1997-03-03The port of Dublin dates back to 1707, and was managed by the Dublin Port and Docks Board from 1867. It was corporatised to become Dublin Port Company in 1997McGauran et al. 2005; www.dublinport.ie/; Harbours Act 1996; S.I. Nos. 95 & 98/1997
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company1997-03-032018-10-03Under the Harbours Act 2015, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company was dissolved in October 2018 and transferred in its entirity to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.dlharbour.ie/; Harbours Act 1996; S.I. No. 95/1997; S.I. No.188/1997; Harbours Act 2015; S.I. No. 391/2018
Department of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism1980-01-231981-08-20Responsibility for tourism transferred from Department of Tourism and Transport (S.I. No. 8/1980)Coakley & Gallagher 2005; S.I. No. 10/1980; S.I. No. 290 of 1981
Department of Industry and Energy1981-08-211983-12-16Coakley & Gallagher 2005; S.I. No. 289/1981; S.I. No. 385/1983
Galway Harbour Company1997-03-03McGauran et al. 2005; www.galwayharbour.com/; Harbours Act 1996; www.theportofgalway.ie
New Ross Port Company1997-03-03McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.transport.ie/; Harbours Act 1996; S.I. No. 95/1997
Shannon Foynes Port Company2000-09-18Was formed by the amalgamation of Shannon Estuary Ports and Foynes Port Company under the Harbours Act 2000. Shannon Estuary Ports was established by the Harbours Act 1996 from the former Limerick Harbour Commissioners. Foynes Port Company was est. by the Harbours act 1996 from the former Foynes Harbour TrusteesMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.sfpc.ie/; Harbours Act 2000; S.I. 283/2000
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
Shannon Estuary Ports1997-03-032000-09-18Death by merge into Shannon Foynes Port Company Harbours Act 1996; the Harbours Act 2000; S.I. No. 283/2000; http://www.sfpc.ie/
Foynes Port Company1997-03-032000-09-18Death by merge into Shannon Foynes Port CompanyHarbours Act 1996; the Harbours Act 2000; http://www.sfpc.ie/
Irish Council for Bioethics2002-05-152010-12-01Established by the Royal Irish Academy in 2002 in response to the Oct. 2000 report by Inter-Departmental Group on Modern Biotechnology. Status changed to company limited by guarantee not having share capital in 2008. A National Advisory Committee on Bioethics was established in March 2012 to advise the Minister for Health in this area.http://www.bioethics.ie/; CRO; http://www.dohc.ie/about_us/divisions/bioethics.html
Digital Hub Development Agency2003-07-21Was created in 2003 at the time of the dissolution of the Digital Media Development LimitedMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.thedigitalhub.com/; Digital Hub Development Agency Act 2003
Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government2004-06-232012-10-26Was established in 2004 as part of a reorganised governance structure for the Irish Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (ICSTI),now known as the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. In 2012 was absorbed into Science Foundation Ireland with the Director General of Science Foundation Ireland taking on the role of Chief Scientific Adviser.http://www.chiefscientificadviser.ie/; 'Tánaiste announces appointment of Ireland's first Chief Science Adviser', press release, Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation; SFI Press Release 26 October 2012, 'Director General of SFI to take on additional role of Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government'; 'Summary of agency rationalisation measures as at January 2014: Table B', Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform
Advisory Council for Science Technology and Innovation2005-04-012012-01-01Established as a successor body to The Irish Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (est. in 1997)https://publicpolicy.ie/perspectives/fostering-innovation-in-irish-innovation-policy/
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
Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy1977-09-231980-01-22Responsibility for energy transferred to Department of Energy (formerly Department of Economic Planning) S.I. No. 9/1980Coakley & Gallagher 2005; S.I. No. 306/1977; S.I. No. 10/1980
Department of Industry and Commerce (I)1924-06-011977-09-22Coakley & Gallagher 2005; Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924; S.I. No. 306/1977
National Science Council1968-01-041978-04-05Established on OECD recommendation; Replaced by National Board for Science and TechnologyDáil Éireann - Volume 293 - 04 November, 1976; National Board for Science and Technology Bill, 1976: Second Stage; National Board for Science and Technology Act 1977; 'Science Policy Necessary' Irish Times, 5 January 1968.
Great Southern Hotels1961-06-272006-08-24Nationalised in 1961 as a subsidiary of CIE, then Aer Rianta and the DAAMacCarthaigh 2009; FitzGerald, 1963; Transport Act, 1963; Dáil Éireann - Volume 203 - 28 May, 1963--Committee on Finance. - Transport Bill, 1963 [Seanad]— Second Stage; 'DAA sells Great Southern Hotels chain' RTE News, 24 August 2006
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
Motor Insurance Advisory Board1984-11-162004-09-01S.I. No. 299/1984; Dáil Éireann - Volume 603 - 25 May, 2005--Written Answers. - Motor Insurance
Irish Maritime Development Office2000-07-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.imdo.ie/; Marine Institute Act 1991; Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1999
Digital Media Development Limited2000-03-282003-07-21Dissolved and replaced by Digital Hub Development AgencyS.I. No. 220/2001; Digital Hub Development Agency Act 2003; Dáil Éireann - Volume 647 - 19 February, 2008--Written Answers. - Departmental Bodies
Ceimicí Teoranta1947-01-291986-07-30Monarchana Alcóil na hÉireann, Teoranta under 1938 Act; change of name under Industrial Alcohol (Amendment) Act, 1947; went into liquidation in 1986.Industrial Alcohol (Amendment) Act, 1947; '£4.5m. losses force closure of Ceimici Teo' Irish Independent, 31 July 1986
Monarchana Alcóil na hÉireann, Teoranta1938-11-111947-01-29Replaced Industrial Alcohol Advisory Board, replaced by Ceimicí TeorantaIndustrial Alcohol Act, 1938; Industrial Alcohol (Amendment) Act, 1947
Industrial Alcohol Advisory Board1935-02-191938-11-11Replaced by Monarchana Alcóil na hÉireann, Teoranta in 1938Industrial Alcohol Act 1934; Industrial Alcohol (Advisory Body) Order 1935; Industrial Alcohol Act, 1938
Irish Tourist Board1939-08-011952-07-03Replaced by An Bord FailteTourist Traffic Act, 1939; Tourist Traffic Act, 1952
Oils and Fats (Eire) Ltd1944-02-181950-04-14O'Donovan 1950; MacCarthaigh 2009; Dáil Éireann - Volume 103 - 23 October, 1946--Written Answers. - Directors of State-Controlled Companies; legal notice in Irish Times 5 April 1950
Sealúchais Árachais Teoranta1985-03-152014-10-05Sealuchais Árachais Teoranta (SAT), a statutory company under the Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1985 was a non-trading holding company for Icarom plc (formerly the Insurance Corporation of Ireland) under administration. Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1985; Markets in Financial Instruments and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2007; Dáil Éireann - Volume 647 - 13 February, 2008--Written Answers. - Departmental Bodies; https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-01-23a.292
Shannon Group plc2014-09-05Shannon Group is a public limited company whose principal activities include the operation, management and development of Shannon Airport, the management and development of the commercial property portfolio held by Shannon Commercial Properties (formerly part of Shannon Development) and the operation of the tourism sites managed by Shannon Heritage. A fourth business unit of the Group is the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) which is focused on further development of the aviation business cluster in Shannon. www.shannongroup.ie; www.gov.ie; State Airports (Shannon Group) Act 2014; S.I. No. 395/2014; S.I. No. 396/2014