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State Bodies under the Aegis of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

There are twelve State Bodies under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Kilminchy Court, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, R32 DTW5

This is an independent board which handles the appeals process for aquaculture licensing. The Board was established under the Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1997.  A person aggrieved by a decision of the Minister on an application for an aquaculture licence or by the revocation/ amendment of an aquaculture licence may make an appeal to the Board in writing within one month of the publication or notification of such a decision, revocation or amendment.

Clanwilliam Court, Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, D02 A344

Bord Bia was established under the Bord Bia Act 1994 and promotes, assists and develops the marketing of Irish food including drink, seafood and livestock and the production, marketing and consumption of horticultural produce.

Green Park, Dock Road, Limerick, V94 Y17X

Bord na gCon was established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. It regulates all aspects of greyhound racing in Ireland including licensing, permits to officials, bookmakers, trainers and the implementation of the rules of racing.

Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 E5AO

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, is the Irish State agency with responsibility for developing sustainable Irish Sea Fishing and Aquaculture industries. BIM’s primary objective is to expand the volume, quality and value of output from the sea fish and aquaculture sectors by focusing on the opportunities for growth in these sectors. BIM was established under the Sea Fisheries Act 1952.

Coillte CGA is the state forestry companym which operates in forestry and related activities on a commercial basis.  The company is co-owned by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The company was established under the Forestry Act, 1988 which sets out its objectives and duties.

Its principal objectives are to:

  • carry on the business of forestry and related activities on a commercial basis and in accordance with efficient silvicultu ral practices;
  • establish and carry on woodland industries;
  • participate with others in forestry and related activities consistent with its objects, designed to enhance the effective and profitable operation of the company;
  • utilise and manage the resources available to it in a manner consistent with the above objects.

Further information on Coillte CGA is available at

Ballymany, The Curragh, Co Kildare, R56 XE37

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) was established under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001. Horse Racing Ireland is the national authority for horse racing in Ireland and is responsible for the overall administration, promotion and development of the industry.

Tully, Kildare, R51 DD56

The Irish National Stud Co. Ltd was established under  the National Stud Act, 1945 and keeps a range of top class stallions with a view to making quality bloodlines available to the thoroughbred horse industry in Ireland. The Stud engages in farming activities and trains people for employment in the bloodstock sector.

Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway, H91 R673

The Marine Institute (MI) is the national agency with responsibility for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). The role of the MI is to promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services that safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring.  The Institute was established under the 1991 Marine Institute Act.

IPC House, Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, D04 A4E0

The National Milk Agency was established under the Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994 and is responsible for the regulation of the supply of milk for liquid consumption throughout the State.

National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, P85 TX47

The SFPA is the statutory authority responsible for the enforcement of sea-fisheries protection and seafood safety legislation in the Republic of Ireland and throughout Ireland’s exclusive fishing limits. It was established on 1 January 2007 under the Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 and its principal responsibilities are to enforce Sea Fisheries legislation and Seafood Safety legislation fairly and consistently.

Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Oak Park, Carlow, R93 XE12

Teagasc was established by the Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act 1988 to provide integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural community. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and wider bio-economy so as to underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability.

53 Landsdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 NY29

The Veterinary Council of Ireland which regulates the practice of veterinary medicine was established on 1 January 2006 under section 11 of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005. The principal function of the Council is to regulate and manage the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in the State in the public interest.