National Statistics Board


Section 19 of the Statistics Act, 1993 describes the functions of the National Statistics Board in guiding, with the agreement of the Taoiseach, the strategic direction of the CSO in:

a. establishing priorities for the compilation and development of official statistics;

b. assessing the resources of staff, equipment and finance which should be made available for the compilation of official statistics;

c. arbitrating, subject to the final decision of the Taoiseach, on any conflicts which may arise between the Office and other public authorities relating to the extraction of statistics from records or to the co-ordination of statistical activities.

The Act provides that the Taoiseach appoints five persons of proven ability and experience in relevant fields:

  • two of whom are nominated by the Taoiseach; and
  • three of whom are nominated by such organisation or organisations as the Taoiseach considers to be representative of the users of official statistics and providers of information under the Act.

On 15 May 2017 the Taoiseach renewed the membership of the board.  The term of the Board will run for a three year period.

Membership of the board is as follows:



Dr. Patricia O’Hara (Chairperson)

Chairperson of National Statistical Board, and Member of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board.  Adjunct Professor at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, NUI Maynooth

Dr. Eimear Cotter

Head of Department - Low Carbon Technologies, SEAI

Mr. Gerard Brady

Senior Economist, IBEC

Mr. John Martin

Adjunct Research Fellow, UCD Geary Institute

Mr. Gerard O'Neill

Chairman, Amárach Research

Mr. John Shaw*

Assistant Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach

Mr. John McCarthy*

Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance

Mr Padraig Dalton*

Director General, CSO

There is one upcoming vacancy on the board. For more information please click here.

* Section 18 of the Statistics Act 1993 provides that two members of the Board are senior representatives of the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Finance. The Director General of the CSO is an ex- officio member of the Board.