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Irish Red Cross Society1939-07-01Prior to 1939 was established as autonomous entity with the British Red Cross Society during the War of Independence in 1920; some records also show that the Red Cross operated during the 1916 Easter Rising McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.redcross.ie/; Red Cross Acts 1938, 1944 and 1954; S.I. No.216 (1955)
Opticians Board1956-11-142015-02-06Replaced by the Optical Registration BoardMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.opticiansboard.ie/; Opticians Act 1956; S.I. No. 286/1956; and Opticians (Amendment) Act 2003; http:/​/​www.coru.ie; Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; S.I. No. 41/2015
Voluntary Health Insurance Board1957-02-12McGauran et al. 2005; www.vhi.ie; Voluntary Health Insurance Act 1957 and subsequent Amendement Acts: 1996 and 1998; S.I. No.24 (1957); S.I. No.46 (1957)
Medical Council1979-04-26McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.medicalcouncil.ie/; Medical Practitioners Act 1978
Dental Council1985-11-13McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/; The Dentists Act 1985
Irish Medicines Board1996-01-012014-07-01Replaced by the Health Products Regulatory Authority in July 2014McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.imb.ie/; Irish Medicine Board Act 1995; www.hpra.ie; Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013; S.I. No. 205/2014
Consultative Council on Hepatitis C1996-11-26McGauran et al. 2005; S.I. No. 339/1996; http://www.consultativecouncilonhepc.ie/
Women's Health Council1997-06-242009-10-01On 1st October 2009, the Women's Health Council was subsumed into the Department of Health and Children.McGauran et al. 2005; S.I. No. 278/1997; Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009
Food Safety Authority of Ireland1998-01-01McGauran et al. 2005; www.fsai.ie/; Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act 1998
National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery1999-11-012012-01-01McGauran et al. 2005; S.I. No. 376/1999; Nurses and Midwives Act 2011; S.I. No. 715/2011
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council2000-04-10Replaced the National Ambulance Advisory CouncilMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.phecit.ie/; S.I. No.108/2000; S.I. No. 109/2000; S.I. No.575/2004; S.I. No. 510/2005
Health Insurance Authority2001-02-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.hia.ie/; the Health Insurance Act 1994; the Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2001; the Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2003
Health Service Employers Agency1996-07-152005-01-01Absorbed into HSEMcGauran et al. 2005; S.I. No. 213/1996; Health Act 2004
Office of Tobacco Control2002-05-012011-01-01Set up on an administrative basis in late 2000 pending legislation and received statutory status in 01/05/2002, with the enactment of section 2 of the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002; subsumed into the HSE on January 1, 2011McGauran et al. 2005; Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2002; Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act 2010
Mental Health Commission2002-04-05McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.mhcirl.ie/; Mental Health Act, 2001; S.I. No. 91/2002
National Treatment Purchase Fund2002-04-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.ntpf.ie/; S.I. No. 179/2004
Department of Health and Children1997-07-122011-06-04http://www.dohc.ie/; S.I. No. 308/1997; S.I. No. 219/2011
Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health2004-04-07http://www.fluoridesandhealth.ie/
National Haemophilia Council2004-06-22S.I. No.451/2004; http://www.nationalhaemophiliacouncil.ie/
Health Education Bureau1975-01-301987-12-31S.I. No. 22/1975; S.I. No. 324/1987
Food Safety Advisory Board1995-06-221997-12-31Replaced by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (S.I. 524/1997)S.I. No. 155/1995; S.I. No. 523/1997
Health and Social Care Professionals Council2007-03-20Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; SI 124 of 2007; http://www.coru.ie/
Health Service Executive2005-01-01Prior to 2004, services were delivered through a complex structure of ten regional Health Boards, the Eastern Regional Health Authority and a number of other agencies and organizationsHealth Act 2004; http://www.hse.ie/
National Ambulance Advisory Council1998-02-042000-04-10Replaced by Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council in 2000S.I. No. 27/1998; S.I. No. 108/2000
Department of Local Government and Public Health1924-06-011947-01-22Health and Welfare functions lost to new departments in 1947http://www.environ.ie/; Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924; S.I. No. 16/1947
Health Information and Quality Authority2007-04-21Integrated and expanded functions of two agencies: the Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) (est. in 1999) and the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board (IHSAB) (est. in 2002)Health Act 2007; http://www.hiqa.ie/
National Cancer Screening Services Board2007-01-012010-04-01Prior to 2007 was known as the National Breast Screening Board (established in 2004 as a statutory corporation); staff and liabilities transferred to the HSEhttp://www.cancerscreening.ie/; S.I. No. 632/2006; Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009; S.I. No. 118/2010
National Breast Screening Board (II)2005-01-012007-01-01Replaced by National Cancer Screening Services Board under S.I. No. 632 & 633/2006S.I. 891/2004; S.I. No. 633/2006
National Paediatric Hospital Development Board2007-05-23S.I. No. 246/2007; http://www.newchildrenshospital.ie/index.cfm/page/NPHDB
Mass-Radiography Board1964-06-181975-04-01preceded by National Mass-Radiography Association Limited (1950-1964)S.I. No. 152/1964; S.I. No. 59/1975
National Rehabilitation Board1967-12-202000-06-12Replaced the National Organisation for Rehabilitation; in 2000 dissolved and absorbed into Comhairle, Eastern Regional Health Authority, FÁS, and the National Disability AuthorityS.I. No. 300/1967; S.I. No. 171/2000
Irish Health Services Accreditation Board2002-05-012007-04-21Dissolved, merge into Health Information and Quality AuthorityS.I. No. 160/2002; Health Act 2007
Social Services Inspectorate1999-04-012007-04-21The SSI was administered by the Department of Health and Children (DoHC) until May 2007, when it was established on a statutory basis as the Office of the Chief Inspector of Social Services within the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). Health Act 2007; http://web.archive.org/web/20060108031204/http://www.issi.ie/; Dail Eireann - Volume 554 - 09 October, 2002--Written Answers. - Social Services Inspectorate
Department of Health (I)1947-01-221997-07-11Coakley & Gallagher 2005; Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 1946; S.I. No. 308/1997
Dental Board1928-08-031985-11-13Replaced by Dental Council, funded by registration fees--like Law SocietyDentists Act 1928; Dentists Act, 1985; FitzGerald, 1963
General Medical Services (Payments) Board1972-07-282005-01-01Became part of HSES.I. No. 184/1972; Health Act 2004
Office for Health Gain1994-01-012005-01-01Health Act 2004; McGauran et al. 2005
Office for Health Management1997-06-012005-01-01McGauran et al. 2005; Health Act 2004; OHM Annual reports, available at https://pnd.hseland.ie/corp/ohmpublications/ohmpublications.html, and newsletter at https://pnd.hseland.ie/corp/ohmpublications/newsletter/20050315163637.html
National Health Council1948-03-031996-11-06Health Act, 1947; S.I. No. 81/1948; Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Act, 1996
Eastern Health Shared Services2000-03-012005-01-01Merged into HSEHealth Act 2004; http://web.archive.org/web/20020812001530/www.ehss.ie/frames/about/index.html
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (II)2007-05-01In May 2007 the old Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (est. in 1875) replaced by the new Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland which has an expanded remit as a regulator of pharmacy in IrelandPharmacy Act 2007; http://www.pharmaceuticalsociety.ie/
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (I)1875-01-012007-05-01Replaced by new Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland in 2007 under the Pharmacy Act 2007Pharmacies Acts 1875-1962; Pharmacy Act 2007; http://www.pharmaceuticalsociety.ie/; http://web.archive.org/web/20010402023121/http://www.pharmaceuticalsociety.ie/
General Nursing Council1919-01-011951-06-07Replaced by the General Nursing Council in 1923 Nurses Registration (Ireland) Act 1919; S.I. No. 8/1923; Browne, R. Statutory Corporations and Commissions, in King, F.Public Administration in Ireland Vol. 1, 1944
Central Midwives Board (II)1945-01-011951-06-07Merge w/General Nursing Council to form An Bord AltranaisMidwives Act, 1944; Nurses Act, 1950; Browne, R. Statutory Corporations and Commissions, in King, F.Public Administration in Ireland Vol. 1, 1944
National Blood Transfusion Association1948-08-201965-04-15Replaced by Blood Transfusion Service BoardFitzGerald, 1963; S.I. No. 78/1965; Dáil Éireann - Volume 111 - 06 July, 1948--Committee on Finance. - Vote 68—Health; Seanad Éireann - Volume 54 - 27 July, 1961--Health (Corporate Bodies) Bill, 1961: Second and Subsequent Stages
National Mass-Radiography Association, Ltd.1950-01-011964-06-18Replaced by the Mass-Radiography BoardS.I. No. 152/1964; Seanad Éireann - Volume 54 - 27 July, 1961--Health (Corporate Bodies) Bill, 1961: Second and Subsequent Stages
Central Midwives Board (I)1918-01-011945-01-01The Central Midwives Board for Ireland was replaced by the Central Midwives Board in 1923Midwives Act 1918; S.I. No. 9/1923; Browne, R. Statutory Corporations and Commissions, in King, F.Public Administration in Ireland Vol. 1, 1944
National Organisation for Rehabilitation1955-11-011967-09-21Replaced by National Rehabilitation BoardS.I. No. 300/1967; Dáil Éireann - Volume 160 - 06 December, 1956--Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Advisory Councils and Similar Bodies: Health
Dublin Rheumatism Clinic Board1980-05-081980-05-30Replaced the Dublin Rheumatism Clinic Association; staff, assets (excluding premises) liabilities etc. transferred to the St. James's Hospital Board upon dissolution.S.I. No. 135/1980; S.I. No. 153/1980
Dublin Rheumatism Clinic Association1942-10-011978-09-07S.I. No. 135/1980; FitzGerald, 1963; IPA Yearbooks
National Disease Surveillance Centre1998-10-012005-01-01Name change in 2005 to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre as part of its move into the Health Service ExecutiveMcGauran et al. 2005; SI 151/2000; SI 865/2004; http://web.archive.org/web/20001216224100/www.ndsc.ie/who_is_ndsc.htm; Written Answers. - National Disease Surveillance Centre. Wednesday, 24 May 2000, Dáil Eireann Debate, Vol. 519 No. 6
Comhairle na nOspidéal1972-06-292005-01-01Replaced by National Hospitals Office of the HSEHealth Acts 1970 & 2004; S.I. No. 164/1972
Health Boards Executive2000-03-012005-01-01Death by merge into HSE Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act, 1999; Health Act 2004
Eastern Regional Health Authority2000-03-012005-01-01Replaced Eastern Health Board; Merged into HSEMcGauran et al. 2005; Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act, 1999; Health Act 2004
National Breast Screening Board (I)1998-09-032005-01-01Joint board--included representatives of health boards. Replaced by National Breast Screening Board (II)--reconfigured to work with HSES.I. No. 319/1998; S.I. 891/2004
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
Crisis Pregnancy Agency2001-10-022010-01-01Absorbed into HSE as HSE Crisis Pregnancy ProgrammeMcGauran et al. 2005; http://www.crisispregnancy.ie/; S.I. No. 446/2001; Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009; S.I. No. 543/2009
National Health Insurance Commission1911-01-011933-01-02National Insurance Act 1911; Ministers and Secretaries 1924; S.I. No. 17/1924; Dáil Éireann - Volume 20 - 05 July, 1927--IN COMMITTEE ON FINANCE. - Vote 13—Civil Service Commission; S.I. No. 1/1933
Consultative Cancer Council1948-04-081949-07-05S.I. No. 125/1948; Dáil Éireann - Volume 118 - 16 November, 1949--Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cancer Consultative Council.; Dáil Éireann - Volume 123 - 06 December, 1950--Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Council of Health
Department of Health (II)2011-06-04S.I. No. 219/2011; http://www.dohc.ie/
Dietitians Registration Board2012-11-01Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; S.I. No. 439/2012
Occupational Therapists Registration Board2012-11-01Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; S.I. No. 440/2012
Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board2012-11-01Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; S.I. No. 441/2012
Healthcare Pricing Office2014-01-01From 1st January 2014 the National Casemix Programme and the Health Research and Information Division at the ESRI became the Healthcare Pricing Office (HPO).http://www.hpo.ie/
Royal College of Physicians in Ireland1692-12-15Royal charter granted in 1692 replaced previous charter and extended College of Physicians' remit to whole of Ireland, and although modified through other legislation remains the governing document of the College.http://www.rcpi.ie/; Royal College of Physicians Act, 1761; S.I. No. 38/1926; The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Charter and Letters Patent Amendment) Act, 1979
Optical Registration Board2015-02-06www.coru.ie; Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; S.I. No. 41/2015
Psychologists Registration Board2017-07-21www.coru.ie; Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; S.I. No. 324/2017
Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board2018-11-30www.coru.ie; Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; S.I. No. 500/2018
Social Care Workers Registration Board2014-12-01www.coru.ie; Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; S.I. No. 518/2014
Podiatrists Registration Board 2018-07-13http:/​/​www.coru.ie; Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005; S.I. No. 239/2018
Health Products Regulatory Authority2014-07-01Replaced the Irish Medicines Boardwww.hpra.ie; Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013; S.I. No. 205/2014
CervicalCheck Tribunal2020-10-21An independent body set up under the CervicalCheck Tribunal Act 2019 to provide an alternative system for dealing with claims arising from CervicalCheckCervicalCheck Tribunal Act 2019 (No. 31 of 2019); S.I. No. 453/2020
General Nursing Council1923-06-221951-06-07The General Nursing Council was established to take over the functions of the previous General Nursing Council for Ireland. It was subsequently merged into An Bord Altranais S.I. No. 8/1923; Nurses Act, 1950 (No. 27 of 1950)