Day 4: Quangos

Welcome to part 4 of my mapping the state blog. This is part of a series analysing the Irish State. Part 1 of the series focused on the formal framework of the government to read more click here! Part 2 of the blog focused on The Judiciary and The Oireachtas to read more click here! And part 3 focused on Local Government to read more click here!


Most of us know what a quango is from watching television show Parks & Recreation, which is a show about the running of a semi-state body in the USA. A quango is a semi-public administrative body outside the civil service but receiving financial support from the government, which makes senior appointments to it.

The first quango I am going to focus on is the National Disability Authority.

National Disability Authority:

The NDA is an independent body that provides the Government with information & advice on policy and relevant practice to those with disabilities. The NDA also assist the Minister for Justice and Equality.

Functions include:

  • Researching, developing and collaborating on development of statistics
  • Assisting in developing standards
  • Developing new codes of practice
  • Observing the implementation of standards, codes and employment of people with disabilities in the public sector

The NDA work through their Centre for Excellence in Universal Design.

The second quango I will look at is the Irish Sports Council.

Irish Sports Council:

The Irish Sports Council is the organisation which directs the development of competitive and recreational sports in Ireland.

The ISC vision is that sport contributes to enhancing the quality of Irish Life. That young people see sport as an important and enjoyable part of our busy lives, individuals can develop their abilities and enhance their enjoyment, limited only by commitment and ability levels and finally that Irish sports men and women achieve world class performance, fairly.

The Irish Sports Council is a statutory authority comprising of nine major divisions:


Coaching Ireland

Corporate Services

High Performance

Irish Institute of Sport

Local Sports Partnerships

National Governing Bodies

Organisational Development & Change

National Trails Office


The Irish Sports Council (now Sports Ireland) was established on 1 July 1999 under the Irish Sports Council Act.

The final quango I am going to examine is An Post.

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An Post:

An Post is a major commercial organisation providing a wide range of services which encompass postal, communication, retail and financial services. It is one of Ireland’s largest companies directly employing over 10,000 people through its national network of retail, processing and delivery points.

They have their headquarters in Dublin and their CEO has been Donal Connell since 2006. An Post was founded on 1 January 1984.



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