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Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

The OMCYA focuses on harmonising policy issues that affect children in areas such as early childhood care and education, youth justice, child welfare and protection, children and young people's participation, research on children and young people, youth work and cross-cutting initiatives for children.

Department of Health

The DOHC's statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It also has a role in the strategic planning of health services.

 Department of Justice

The collective mission of the DJ is to help make Ireland a safer and fairer place in which to live and work, visit and do business.

 Department of Social Protection

The Department formulates appropriate social protection policies and administers and manages the delivery of statutory and non-statutory schemes and services.

 Department of the Taoiseach

This department provides the Government, Taoiseach and Ministers of State with the support, policy advice and information necessary for the effective conduct of Government.

ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute)

The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland and throughout the European Union.

 Garda Síochána

An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland.

 HSE - Health promotion

Health promotion campaigns and publications are available from this website.

 HSE - Health Service Executive

The HSE is the body responsible for meeting Ireland's health and social care needs. The HSE provides thousands of services to young and old, in hospitals, health facilities and in communities across the country.


This is the website of the National smoker’s quitline.

 Irish Prison Service

The Irish Prison Service operates as an executive agency within the Department of Justice and Law Reform.

 Irish Youth Justice Service

The Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) is an executive office of the Department of Justice and Law Reform with responsibility for leading and driving reform in the area of youth justice.

 National Office for Suicide Prevention

The NOSP oversees the implementation of 'Reach Out' the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention and co-ordinates suicide prevention efforts around the country.

 National Office for Suicide Prevention – Your mental health

This site is aimed at the general population with a focus on the 18 and over age group. The site provides information and advice about positive mental health and looks at issues such as depression, anxiety and bereavement that can affect mental health.

 Probation Service

The Probation Service is an agency within the Department of Justice and Law Reform. It is the lead agency in the assessment and management of offenders in our community.

 SPHE (Social, Personal & Health Education)

Social, Personal and Health Education, as part of the curriculum, supports the personal development, health and well-being of young people and helps them create and maintain supportive relationships.