Welcome to the third installment of my 'mapping the state' blog post. To see part 1 of the series, click here, and for part 2, click here This post focuses on Quangos, which are semi state, non profitable organisations. Many quangos are seen as unnecessary by many.
PHECC- Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council
‘PHECC’ is the regulator for emergency medical services (EMS) in Ireland and our role is to protect the public.The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is an independent statutory agency with responsibility for standards, education and training in the field of pre-hospital emergency care. PHECC also maintain a statutory register of EMS practitioners.
The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council protects the public by independently specifying, reviewing, maintaining and monitoring standards of excellence for the safe provision of quality pre-hospital emergency care.
CSO- Central Statistics Office
The Central Statistics Office was established in 1949 as Ireland’s national statistical office. Its status was formalised in legislation with the enactment of the Statistics Act, 1993. The mandate of the CSO, as set out in that Act, is “The collection, compilation, extraction and dissemination for statistical purposes of information relating to economic, social and general activities and conditions in the State”. The CSO is also responsible for coordinating the official statistics of other public authorities and for developing the statistical potential of administrative records.
The Office meets the needs of Government for quality statistical information, which is vital for the formation, implementation and monitoring of policy and programmes at national, regional and local levels in a rapidly changing economic and social environment. The Office also serves the needs of the wider national and international community (media, researchers, students, businesses, representative organisations, the EU, international organisations, and the public generally) for impartial and relevant information on social and economic conditions. Particular attention is paid to the specialist needs of business and the research/academic community for more detailed and focused data.
Irish Prison Service
Political responsibility for the Prison System in Ireland is vested in the Minister for Justice and Equality. The Irish Prison Service operates as an executive agency within the Department of Justice and Equality. It is headed by a Director General supported by 5 Directors.
The Irish Prison Service deals with male offenders who are 17 years of age or over and female offenders who are 18 years of age or over.
There are 14 institutions in the Irish Prison System consisting of 11 traditional “closed” institutions, two open centres, which operate with minimal internal and perimeter security, and one “semi-open” facility with traditional perimeter security but minimal internal security (the Training Unit).
The majority of female prisoners are accommodated in the purpose built “Dóchas Centre” with the remainder accommodated in Limerick Prison.