Day 4: The Irish Quangos

In my previous post I gave an overview and analysis on the Oireachtas and the Judiciary as well as state departments and local government, This is the fourth day of mapping the state. If you'd like to view day 1 in which I analyse the formal framework of the Irish government it can be seen here, If you'd like to view my overview and analysis of the Oireachtas and the Judiciary you can view day 2 here and if you'd like to read about the state departments and local government you can view day 3 here.


Today I’ll be looking at several Irish quangos. Quangos are semi-state bodies other than the civil service, they’re either semi-state funded or subsidised by the state and many are perceived by the public as being inefficient or unnecessary.

The following are examples of Irish quangos.



Repak is a waste disposal company that specialises in recyclable waste. Its members include a conglomerate of multinational companies and warehouses who allow the company to collect their waste, the company collects by tonnage and is set to receive up €20 million  in contingency  funds from the government by 2019.

The Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies:CRO-RFS-Logo

The Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies is a quango devoted to maintaining information on the number of building societies and other similar institutions that are active in Ireland. They make sure that these societies are meeting their statutory obligations with regards to making financial information available to the public.

Here is a brief statement from their website explaining their function:

“The Registry of Friendly Societies (RFS) is responsible for the assessment and registration of applications and any subsequent amendment of rules which societies are obliged to render to the Registrar, and to ensure that registered societies meet their statutory obligations with regard to filing returns, which once registered are made available for inspection by the public”

Office of the controller of plant breeders rights:


This is a quango that is partially funded by the EU, it regulates the right of plant breeders and maintains a list of registered plant breeders. Plant breeders have to pay an annual fee to the office to maintain plant breeding rights.


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