The CSO compiles Vital Statistics on births, deaths, marriages and stillbirths on behalf of the Minister for Health and Children. This is done in accordance with the provisions of Section 2 of the Vital Statistics, Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1952, as amended by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1972.
Section 73 of the Civil Registration Act 2004 and Government Order (SI No. 831 of 2007) allows access to more detailed vital statistics to those engaged in medical or social research, or to medical officers of Health Boards. This is subject to the approval of the Minister of Social Protection.
Requests for access to data under this provision are referred to the General Registrars Office of the Department of Social Protection. Data are provided by the CSO once the Minister for Health and Children has granted the appropriate consent. The terms of the consent usually specify that:
Other supplementary individual data collected by the CSO is subject to the confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act, 1993.