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National Archives Advisory Council

Role of the NAAC

The National Archives Advisory Council was established in January 1987 under Section 20 of the National Archives Act, 1986, to advise the Minister with responsibility for the National Archives – the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – in the exercise of her powers under the Act and on all matters affecting archives and their use by the public.

In addition to the functions allocated to the Council under the National Archives Act, the Council may, under Section 80(6) of the Local Government Act of 2001 and Section 92 of the Harbours Act of 1996, advise the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment on any matters affecting local and harbour archives.

Members of the NAAC

Members of the National Archives Advisory Council are appointed for a period of five years. The current Council was appointed in 2017 and will run to 2022. The names of current members, including their professional background, is available here.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports of the National Archives Advisory Council are available to view in Publications.