Welcome to the website of the National Statistics Board (Ireland)

The National Statistics Board is responsible to Government for developing its statistical strategy. This responsibility includes the setting of priorities for the compilation and development of official statistics in Ireland and guiding the strategic direction of the Central Statistics Office.

The Board was established on a statutory basis in November 1994, under the Statistics Act, 1993.


National Statistics Board launches its 2015-2020 Strategy: A World Class Statistical System for Ireland

The National Statistics Board launched its Strategic Priorities for Official Statistics in Ireland 2015-2020 on September 10th 2015. In a document entitled 'A World Class Statistical System for Ireland', the Board sets out an ambitious roadmap for official statistics in Ireland.

The report is available here.

The Strategy was launched by the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Data Protection Dara Murphy , TD at a seminar which included presentations from two of the world's leading thinkers on official statistics and data, Mr Jorgen Elmeskov of Statistics Denmark and Prof Rob Kitchin of Maynooth University. Details of the launch seminar and presentation material are available here.



New National Statistics Board appointed

On March 12th 2014 the Taoiseach appointed the following persons to the National Statistics Board:

Dr. Patricia O Hara, Mr. Tom Geraghty, Ms. Rowena Dwyer, Dr. Helen Johnston, Mr. Gerard O'Neill, Mr. John Callinan (Department of the Taoiseach), Mr. John McCarthy (Department of Finance), Mr. Pádraig Dalton (DG, Central Statistics Office).

See biographical notes on each Board member here.

The term of the current Board will run until December 31 2016.


The next meeting of the National Statistics Board will be held on Thursday 10th December 2015 at the Department of the Taoiseach


Minutes of previous meetings can be found here


 National Statistics Board May 2014

Front: Left to right, Pádraig Dalton (Director General), Patricia O'Hara (Chairperson)

Helen Johnston.

Back: Left to right, Gerard O'Neill, John Mc Carthy, John Callinan, Donal Kelly (Secretary), 

Rowena Dwyer

(Member not in photograph is Tom Geraghty)