List of Public Service Bodies

Section 5(5) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (the Act) provides for a number of "excepted communications" (exempt communications) which are not regarded as lobbying.  The exemptions at sections 5(5)(e), 5(5)(k), 5(5)(l) and 5(5)(n) of the Act make reference to a "public service body".  Section 7 of the Act sets out a definition of a “public service body” for the purposes of the Act.

The exemption at section 5(5)(k) of the Act provides that communications made by a person who is employed by or holds any office or other position in a public service body or is engaged by a public service body are exempt provided the communications are made in that capacity and the communications relate to the functions of the public service body.

Below is a list of bodies which have been confirmed as public service bodies for the purposes of the Act.  This list is not exhaustive and may change. If a person is unsure as to whether an organisation is considered a public service body for the purposes of the Act, they should contact the Standards Commission for further information.

  • Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital (Tallaght)
  • Adoption Authority of Ireland
  • An Bord Bia
  • An Bord Pleanála
  • An Ceoláras Náisiúnta The National Concert Hall Company
  • An Chomhairle Ealaíon (The Arts Council)
  • An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta
  • An Garda Síochána
  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Beaumont Hospital Board
  • Bord Iascaigh Mhara
  • Bord na Radharcmhastóirí
  • Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • Brothers of Charity Services Clare
  • Brothers of Charity Services Galway
  • Brothers of Charity Services Limerick
  • Brothers of Charity Services Roscommon
  • Brothers of Charity Services South East
  • Brothers of Charity Southern Services
  • Caritas Convalescent Centre Limited
  • Carlow County Council
  • Carriglea Cáirde Services
  • Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board
  • Cavan County Council
  • Central Bank
  • Central Remedial Clinic
  • Central Statistics Office
  • Cheeverstown House Limited
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Chief State Solicitor’s Office
  • Child and Family Agency
  • Children’s University Hospital (Temple Street)
  • Church of Ireland College of Education
  • Citizens Information Board
  • City of Dublin Education and Training Board
  • Clare County Council
  • Commission for Aviation Regulation
  • Commission for Communications Regulation
  • Commission for Energy Regulation
  • Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime
  • Commissioners for Public Works in Ireland
  • Companies Registration Office
  • Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
  • Coombe Lying–In Hospital
  • COPE Foundation
  • Cork City Council
  • Cork County Council
  • Cork Education and Training Board
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Cosc
  • Courts Service
  • Crawford Art Gallery Cork Limited
  • Credit Union Restructuring Board (ReBo)
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal
  • Criminal Law Codification Advisory Committee
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Service for Persons with a Mental Handicap Ltd
  • Dental Council
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
  • Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Education and Skills
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Department of Justice and Equality
  • Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
  • Department of Social Protection
  • Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
  • Department of the Taoiseach
  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
  • Digital Hub Development Agency
  • Donegal County Council
  • Donegal Education and Training Board
  • Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board
  • Dublin City Council
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Dental Hospital Board
  • Dublin Docklands Development Authority
  • Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly
  • Economic and Social Research Institute
  • Employment Appeals Tribunal
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fáilte Ireland
  • Family Support Agency
  • Financial Services Ombudsman’s Bureau
  • Fingal County Council
  • Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  • Forensic Science Laboratory
  • Gaisce
  • Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board
  • Galway City Council
  • Galway County Council
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission
  • Garda Síochána Inspectorate
  • Grangegorman Development Agency
  • Health and Safety Authority
  • Health and Social Care Professionals Council
  • Health Information and Quality Authority
  • Health Research Board
  • Health Service Executive
  • Health Service Executive Primary Care
  • Higher Education Authority
  • Houses of the Oireachtas
  • Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency
  • Housing Finance Agency
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital of Ireland
  • Industrial Development Authority Ireland (IDA)
  • Inland Fisheries Ireland
  • Institute of Public Administration
  • Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Institute of Technology Tallaght
  • Institute of Technology Tralee
  • Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority
  • Irish Blood Transfusion Service
  • Irish Film Board
  • Irish Film Classification Office
  • Irish Fiscal Advisory Council
  • Irish Medicines Board
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art Company
  • Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)
  • Irish Prison Service
  • Irish Water Safety
  • Irish Youth Justice Service
  • Kerry County Council
  • Kerry Education and Training Board
  • Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board
  • Kildare County Council
  • Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board
  • Kilkenny County Council
  • Labour Court
  • Labour Relations Commission
  • Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board
  • Laois County Council
  • Law Reform Commission
  • Legal Aid Board
  • Leitrim County Council
  • Leopardstown Park Hospital Board
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board
  • Limerick City and County Council
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Local Government Management Agency
  • Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board
  • Longford County Council
  • Louth and Meath Education and Training Board
  • Louth County Council
  • Marine Institute
  • Mary Immaculate College
  • Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
  • Mayo County Council
  • Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board
  • Meath County Council
  • Mental Health Commission
  • Mercy University Hospital, Cork Limited
  • Monaghan County Council
  • Muiriosa Foundation
  • National Asset Management Agency
  • National Building Agency Limited
  • National Cancer Registry Board
  • National College of Art and Design
  • National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
  • National Council for Special Education
  • National Development Finance Agency
  • National Disability Authority
  • National Economic and Social Development Office
  • National Educational Welfare Board
  • National Gallery of Ireland
  • National Library of Ireland
  • National Lottery Regulator’s Office
  • National Maternity Hospital
  • National Milk Agency
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • National Oil Reserves Agency
  • National Paediatric Hospital Development Board
  • National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission
  • National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • National Roads Authority
  • National Sports Campus Development Authority
  • National Transport Authority
  • National Treatment Purchase Fund Board
  • National University of Ireland, Dublin
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Northern and Western Regional Assembly
  • NTMA (National Treasury Management Agency
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Offaly County Council
  • Office for Internet Safety
  • Office of the Appeals Commissioners
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General
  • Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
  • Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement
  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Office of the Inspector of Prisons
  • Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner
  • Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies
  • Office of the Revenue Commissioners
  • Ombudsman
  • Ombudsman for Children
  • Ordnance Survey Ireland
  • Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
  • Our Lady’s Hospice Limited
  • Parole Board
  • Patents Office
  • Peamount Hospital Incorporated
  • Permanent Defence Forces
  • Personal Injuries Assessment Board
  • Pobal
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
  • Presidents Establishment
  • Private Residential Tenancies Board
  • Private Security Authority
  • Probation Service
  • Property Registration Authority (Land Registry)
  • Property Services Regulatory Authority
  • Public Appointments Service
  • Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland
  • Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland
  • Railway Safety Commission
  • Reception and Integration Agency
  • Refugee Appeals Tribunal
  • Road Safety Authority
  • Roscommon County Council
  • Rotunda Hospital, Dublin
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Royal Irish Academy of Music
  • Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Schools are Public Service Bodies
  • Science Foundation Ireland
  • Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority
  • Shannon Development
  • Sligo County Council
  • SOLAS — An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna
  • South Dublin County Council
  • South Infirmary — Victoria Hospital Limited
  • Southern Regional Assembly
  • St Lukes Hosptial, Rathgar
  • St. Angela’s College, Sligo
  • St. James’s Hospital Board
  • St. John of God Hospital Limited and St. John of God Community Service
  • St. John’s Hospital, Limerick
  • St. Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire
  • St. Michael’s House
  • St. Patrick’s Centre (Kilkenny) Ltd.
  • St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
  • St. Patrick’s Hospital (Cork) Limited
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital Fairview
  • St. Vincent’s University Hospital
  • State Examinations Commission
  • State Laboratory
  • Stewarts Care Limited
  • Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Teaching Council
  • Teagasc — The Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  • Temple Bar Cultural Trust Limited
  • The Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
  • The Children’s Sunshine Home
  • The Health Insurance Authority
  • The Heritage Council
  • The Irish Sports Council
  • The Medical Council
  • The National Standards Authority of Ireland
  • The Pensions Board (now the Pension Authority)
  • The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
  • The Royal Hospital Donnybrook
  • The Workplace Relations Commission
  • Tipperary County Council
  • Tipperary Education and Training Board
  • Údarás na Gaeltachta
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Dublin Trinity College
  • University of Limerick
  • Valuation Office
  • Victims of Crime Office
  • Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board
  • Waterford City and County Council
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Western Development Commission
  • Westmeath County Council
  • Wexford County Council
  • Wicklow County Council

North South Implementation Bodies

  • Food Safety Promotion Board
  • Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (The Loughs Agency and Lights Agency)
  • The Language Body/An Foras Teanga/North-South Body o Leid (Foras na Gaeilge and Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch)
  • Special European Union Programmes Body
  • Tourism Ireland
  • Trade and Business Development Body (InterTradeIreland)
  • Waterways Ireland