The Irish State Administration Database captures the establishment, growth and evolution of Ireland’s state administration from the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922 to the present.
The database records information about all national-level public organizations, including central government departments and the agencies linked to them, commercial state-owned enterprises, and other relevant public bodies and institutions.
The data has mostly been collected from official and primary sources. Where this has not been possible, secondary sources have been used and the accuracy of the data has been verified.
The database is dynamic and is updated on a regular basis. By the time the centenary of the state’s foundation comes round in 2022, we will be in a strong position to provide analysis of the evolution of the structure and functions of the state over the whole century.
The database is also a key resource in our developing programme of outreach to the public sector, through an Innovative Public Policy research programme, Building State Capacity.
Most recently, a round-table discussion on public sector reform in comparative European perspective was held in the NUI Offices in Merrion Square, on 23 January 2015. Further details on the database can be found here.
IRC Thematic Research Grant 2007-2010, ‘Mapping the Irish State’