What we do

Governing legislation

The National Archives is governed by a number of acts and regulations, the most important of which are listed below.

Statutes may be downloaded from the Irish Statue Book website, which is hosted by the Office of the Attorney General.

 

Other relevant Acts and Statutory Instruments include the following:
  • Public Records (Ireland) Act, 1867 – repealed by National Archives Act, 1986
  • Public Records (Ireland) Act, 1867, Amendment Act, 1875 – repealed by National Archives Act, 1986
  • Parochial Records Act, 1876 – repealed by National Archives Act, 1986
  • Coroners Act, 1962, Section 29
  • Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000
  • Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act, 2007, section 69
  • Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act, 2004
  • Data Protection Act, 2018
  • Statistics Act, 1993, Section 35
  • Local Government Act, 1994, Section 64 – repealed by but restated in Local Government Act, 2001 – see below
  • Harbours Act, 1996, Section 92
  • National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997, especially Section 47
  • Freedom of Information Act, 2014
  • Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, Section 1003 as amended by subsequent annual Finance Acts
  • Local Government Act, 2001, Section 80(6)
  • Heritage Fund Act, 2001
  • Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 2017
  • Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 2016
  • Tourism, Culture and Sport (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 2011
  • Arts, Sport and Tourism (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 2010
  • Arts and Culture (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order, 2002
  • Tourism, Sport and Recreation (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 2002
  • Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 1997
  • Arts and Culture (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order, 1993
  • Gaeltacht (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 1993
  • Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 1939