Department of Children and Youth Affairs
|Formed||2 June 1956|
|Headquarters||43–49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, D04 YP52
The official headquarters and ministerial offices of the department are in Dún Aimhirgin, Mespil Road, Dublin 4. The departmental team consists of the following:
- Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: Katherine Zappone, TD
- Secretary General of the Department: Fergal Lynch
The department is responsible for children and youth affairs.
Tusla, "the Child and Family Agency", is an independent agency created by the Child and Family Agency Act 2013 and answerable to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Its functions were previously distributed among the Health Service Executive's Children & Family Services, the Family Support Agency, and the National Educational Welfare Board. The name Tusla is intended to invoke the Irish words tús "beginning" and lá "day".
The department was created in 1956 as the Department of the Gaeltacht. It was renamed to its current title in 2011.
Over the years its name changed several times, with some changes in its role. The department was known as the following:
- Department of the Gaeltacht (1956–1993)
- Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (1993–1997)
- Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (1997–2002)
- Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (2002–2010)
- Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (2010–2011)
- Department of Children and Youth Affairs (2011–)
- "Child and Family Agency Act 2013". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- "About Us". Tusla. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- "S.I. No. 214/2011 — Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.