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This is the fifth iteration of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Annual Statistical Work Programme. During 2018, the CSO defined what constituted a Statistical Product (see Figure 1 below). Based on this change in methodology there has been some consolidation and changes to Products listed for 2020 compared to previous years. An annual report on each work programme is published in Quarter 1 of each year and is available here

Figure 1:

DPS Product Definition



The creation of the CSO’s Annual Work Programme 2020 was informed by the following;

1.  Legal Mandate of the Central Statistics Office

A.      National Legislation

The Statistics Act, 1993 provides the legislative basis for the collection, compilation, extraction and dissemination for statistical purposes of information relating to economic, social and general activities and conditions in the State. 

The Act protects the confidentiality of the information provided to the CSO, which may only be used for statistical purposes; and confidential data may not be disseminated or otherwise communicated to third parties including Government Departments or bodies.

The independent position of the CSO, as defined in the Statistics Act, 1993, reflects international best practice for the organisation of official statistics.

B.      European Union legislation

Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 which was amended in 2015 by  Regulation 2015/759, (see the consolidated text of amended Regulation 223/2009)establishes a legal framework for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics.

The Office provides high quality impartial and relevant statistical information to meet the needs of policy makers at national, regional and local level, decision makers in the business community, EU institutions, international organisations, media, researchers, and the public generally.

There is a significant international dimension to the CSO's work through the provision of statistics that may be compared directly with corresponding data for other countries. This is particularly the case in respect of our participation in the European Statistical System (ESS).

Meeting EU requirements has been the single most important factor shaping the development of the CSO's work since the 1970s. Since accession to the European Community in 1973 the CSO's work programme has been almost been completely driven by the mandatory requirements of EU Directives and Regulations.

All of the CSO’s statistics are published online on the CSO website ( or on the Eurostat website ( The annual statistical work programme is a comprehensive list of the CSO’s statistical products and distinguishes European statistics. While European statistics are determined by the European statistical programme, they also facilitate the CSO in meeting National demands and requirements.

C.      The National Statistics Board

The National Statistics Board was initially set up on a non-statutory basis in 1986. It was established on a statutory basis when the Statistics Act, 1993 came into operation in November 1994. Its function, set out in the Act, is to guide the strategic direction of the CSO and, in particular to: establish priorities for the compilation and development of official statistics; assess the resources of staff, equipment and finance which should be made available for the compilation of official statistics; and arbitrate, subject to the final decision of the Taoiseach, on any conflicts that may arise with other public authorities relating to the extraction of statistics from records or to the co-ordination of statistical activities

2. CSO Values

The CSO subscribes fully to the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the European Statistics Code of Practice. Throughout our work, we abide by the following core values

  • Independence, objectivity and integrity are core values
  • We ensure absolute adherence to the legal guarantee of confidentiality and all activities comply with statistical and data protection legislation
  • We drive innovation throughout all our business and organisational processes
  • We are professional, reliable and trusted
  • We have respect for our data providers and are committed to finding new ways to reduce the demands placed on them
  • We constantly strive to provide excellent service to our customers
  • We value our staff and strive to provide an environment in which staff meet their full potential and flourish at work

3. CSO’s Strategic Aims

The Statement of Strategy 2019 outlines the CSO’s ambitions and sets out its strategic direction. The strategy is designed to fully exploit the potential of the data and technological revolution in order to deliver a broader range of high quality information on societal and economic change and in so doing to support the process of guiding Ireland’s future development.


Figure 2:

SOS 2016-2019 Image


The CSO will deliver the strategic aims as set out in the Statement of Strategy 2019 by delivering our statistical work programme, our general work programme and our transformation work programme. We will report on these as part of the annual progress report on the Statement of Strategy and annual report on the statistical work programme. In addition, the CSO remains committed to the research and development of new products and alternative compilation methods for existing statistics.

The full description of products for 2020 is detailed within the Annual Statistical Work Programme list of Products available at the link below.


>>> Go to List of Products for 2020


For further information contact:

Mairéad O'Regan
Policy, Planning and Change Management, CSO
Phone: 021 4535658

  • Introduction
  • List of all Statistical Products 2020 (XLS 48KB)
  • List of Statistical Products by Theme 2020