Thursday 22 February 2018

Those in the firing line

Department of Education and Skills

•Further Education and Training Awards (FETAC), Higher Education and Training Award Council (HETAC), National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) merged together

•33 Vocational Education Committees reduced to 16

•Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology and Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science merged with Higher Education Authority

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

•Competition Authority merged with National Consumer Agency

•Labour Court, Labour Relations Commission, National Employment Rights Authority, Employment Appeals Tribunal and Equality Tribunal being merged into one single agency

•Forfas being merged with Department of Enterprise

•35 City and County Enterprise Boards being reviewed

Department of Environment

•Local Government Management Service Board and Local Government Computer Services Board merged into Local Government Management Agency

•Limerick Northside Regeneration Agency and Limerick Southside Regeneration Agency being merged into Limerick city and county councils

•Library Council being merged with an existing public body

•Comhar (Sustainable Development Council) being merged into National Economic and Social Council think tank

•Merge Affordable Homes Partnership, National Building Agency and Centre for Housing Research into Interim Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency

•Dormant Accounts Board shut down

Department of Finance

•Merge Commission on Public Service Appointments with Ombudsman Office

Department of Health

•Merge the National Council for Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery into An Bord Altranais

•Merge Opticians Board into Health and Social Care Professionals Council

•Merge National Cancer Registry Board into HSE

Department of Justice and Equality

•Merge Equality Authority and Human Rights Commission into new Human Rights & Equality Commission

Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht

•Merge Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery and National Gallery of Ireland while retaining their individual names

•Merge National Archives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission into the National Library while maintaining separate identities

•Language Commissioner merged into Ombudsman Office

•Examine shared services and board for National Library and National Museum

Department of Transport, Tourism &Sport

•Merge National Roads Authority with Railway Procurement Agency

•Merge Irish Aviation Authority with the Commission for Aviation Regulation

•Merge National Sports Campus Development Authority with the Irish Sports Council

•Review merger of Shannon Development (Tourism) into Failte Ireland

•Review merger of Dublin Regional Tourism Authority into Failte Ireland

Department of Defence

•Merge Civil Defence Board into Department of Defence

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

•Merge the Digital Hub Development Authority with Enterprise Ireland/IDA

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

•Merge back-office functions of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children into the Ombudsman / Information Commissioner's Office

•Merge Family Support Agency into new Child and Family Support Agency

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