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Central Government

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The central government sector (S1311) includes all bodies established through political processes and for whose activities a Minister of government or other responsible person is accountable to the people through the Oireachtas. This responsibility extends to the presentation of detailed audited annual accounts to the Oireachtas. Central government includes legislative, judicial and executive bodies established in this manner. The sector does not include public corporations or enterprises engaged in the production of commercial services or goods. The main categories of central government bodies are:

  • Departments of State including any additional voted expenditure under the aegis of the Minister; 
  • Extra-Budgetary Funds for which separate accounts are maintained and which are directly administered by departments; and
  • Bodies which are not departments but which are funded almost entirely from the Exchequer, are subject to controls and may be regarded as extensions of government departments. 

Departments of State, Vote Groups and Extra-Budgetary Funds

An annual survey of all central government departments is conducted jointly by the CSO and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

This survey confirms and revises existing listings. It also obtains any extra information required to establish the statistical classification of all bodies under the aegis of these government units.

Departments, Additional Votes, Extra-Budgetary Funds, Non-commercial Agencies and Commercial Agencies are shown in the following tables. See Background Notes for more information.

Show Table: Table 3.1 Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine

Show Table: Table 3.2 Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Show Table: Table 3.3 Department of Defence

Show Table: Table 3.4 Department of Education

Show Table: Table 3.5 Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Show Table: Table 3.6 Department of Environment, Climate and Communications

Show Table: Table 3.7 Department of Finance

Show Table: Table 3.8 Department of Foreign Affairs

Show Table: Table 3.9 Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Show Table: Table 3.10 Department of Health

Show Table: Table 3.11 Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Show Table: Table 3.12 Department of Justice

Show Table: Table 3.13 Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Show Table: Table 3.14 Department of Rural and Community Development

Show Table: Table 3.15 Department of Social Protection

Show Table: Table 3.16 Department of the Taoiseach

Show Table: Table 3.17 Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Show Table: Table 3.18 Department of Transport


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