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Links to Semi-State Bodies

Semi-State Bodies are organisations, typically non-profits, which are funded and governed by the Irish government for a particular purpose. The below list covers most issues concerning the voluntary sector.


Semi-State Bodies:

Citizens Information (Public Service Information Provided by the Citizens Information Board) – the Citizens Information Board provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland through its website and local Citizen Information Centres. It is a great resource for information on social welfare, education and training, housing, money and tax, employment, and travel and recreation.


Health Research Board (HRB) National Drugs Library – an online library of articles, research and information to help policy makers, educators and practitioners working to develop a knowledge base around drug, alcohol and tobacco use in Ireland. The library is funded by the Department of Health.


Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission – an independent public body which acts as Ireland’s national human rights and equality institution. The commission works to affect policy change for human rights in Ireland and offers support to people affected by human rights violations and issues.


Lenus, the Irish Health Repository – Operated by the HSE, Lenus is an online source of health-related research and publications. – Due to the Regulation of Lobbying Act passed in 2015, all organisations which aim to participate in lobbying government officials or policy makers must register on to become involved. The goal of this website is to create an online register of lobbying participants which is available to the public, and to enforce a code of conduct on lobbying activities. This website is monitored by the Standards in Public Office Commission.


National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol (NACDA) – established in 2000 under the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation to conduct research and advise the government on problem drug use in Ireland.


National Disability Authority (NDA) – independent state body which advises the government and public sector on disability policy and practice.


National Office for Suicide Prevention – operated by the HSE, the National Office for Suicide Prevention works toward implementing Ireland’s Suicide Prevention Strategy.


National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – an organisation which offers support to the child protection sector as well as individuals and families in need of support. They also offer guidance to organisations regarding developing a child protection policy, and safe practices. NYCI receives funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.


Pobal – a non-profit company that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish government and the EU. Their mission is to engage local communities to achieve social inclusion, reconciliation, and equality. They are a resource to voluntary organisations in the areas of funding and support.


Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – the national body providing research and services (advisory and training) to rural communities and the agriculture and food industry. Its focus areas are: farm advisory, corporate responsibility, and research & innovation in the agriculture industry.


The Teaching Council – the professional standards body for the teaching profession in Ireland. Its role is to promote and regulation professional standards in teaching nationwide.


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