Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
|Formed||26 August 1921|
|Headquarters||29–31 Adelaide Road,|
Dublin 2, D02 X285
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Irish: An Roinn Cumarsáide, Gníomhaithe ar son na hAeráide agus Comhshaoil) is a department of the Government of Ireland that is responsible for the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors and regulates, protects and develops the natural resources of Ireland. The head of the department is the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment who is assisted by one Minister of State.
The official headquarters and ministerial offices of the department are in 29–31 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. The departmental team consists of the following:
- Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Richard Bruton, TD
- Secretary General of the Department: Mark Griffin
The Department of Fisheries was created in 1921. Over the years its name and functions have changed several times.
Transfer of functions and change of name
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is subdivided into the following divisions:
- Broadcasting – The Broadcasting Division aims to develop a policy and legislative framework to facilitate the provision of quality broadcasting services in Ireland, and to optimise the opportunities presented by the emerging technologies for the provision of new Irish-based broadcasting services.
- Climate Action – The Department has three major aims regarding climate change: To develop a competitive energy supply industry, to ensure security and reliability of energy supply, and to develop energy conservation and end-use efficiency.
- Communications – The core policy objective of the Communications Sector is to contribute to sustained macro-economic growth and competitiveness and ensure that the Republic of Ireland is best placed to avail of the emerging opportunities provided by the information and knowledge society, by promoting investment in state-of-the-art infrastructures, by providing a supportive legislative and regulatory environment and by developing a leading edge research and development reputation in the information, communications and digital technologies.
- Natural Resources – This division is subdivided into three sectors: the Exploration and Mining Division, Petroleum Affairs Division, and the Geological Survey of Ireland.
Among the State Agencies and other bodies affiliated to the Department in some way are:
- Commission for Energy Regulation
- Commission for Communications Regulation
- Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
- National Cyber Security Centre
- Digital Hub Development Agency
- National Digital Research Centre
- Ordnance Survey Ireland
- Geological Survey of Ireland
- Mining Board
- Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
- National Oil Reserves Agency
- Central and Regional Fisheries Boards
- Loughs Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (North/South body)
Among the state-sponsored bodies of the Republic of Ireland under the aegis of the Minister are:
- Electricity Supply Board
- Bord Gáis
- Bord na Móna
- Raidió Teilifís Éireann
- An Post
- Irish National Petroleum Corporation
- "Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment". Who Does What. Retrieved 1 September 2018.