Public service of the Republic of Ireland
The public service of Ireland consists of agencies which, while not formally part of a Department of State, provide services on behalf of the government. Their functions range from regulating sectors of the economy, to defending and policing the nation and running the health service.
The term public service in Ireland is often taken to include the civil service, but the two are largely distinct and independent. The confusion arises from the fact that certain State Agencies, such as the Office of Public Works and Revenue have civil service status (and form the Civil Service of the State), while others, such as the Road Safety Authority and Health Service Executive do not and form part of the public service.
List of public service bodies 
- Education in the Republic of Ireland
- Primary education
- Secondary education
- Garda Síochána
- Health Service Executive
- Institutes of Technology
- Irish Defence Forces
- Local government in the Republic of Ireland
- Local authorities
- Regional bodies
- Vocational Education Committees