Occupying a key position in the cultural and intellectual life of the nation, the National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity.
In keeping with our Mission Statement, we secure the preservation of records relating to Ireland which warrant preservation as archives and ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for public access to archives.
Our holdings relate to all parts of Ireland and have enormous research potential as they provide essential primary source material for people seeking to understand the political, economic and social forces which have shaped our nation. The records also permit the study of Government policy and encourage greater use of our archival heritage by the general public.
The records acquired by the National Archives are referred to in the National Archives Act, 1986, as archives and the Act designates our functions as follows:
•The preservation, restoration, arrangement and description of archives;
•The preparation of guides, lists, indexes and other finding aids to archives;
•Making archives available for public inspection;
•Making and providing copies of archives;
•The publication of archives, finding aids and other material relating to archives;
•The provision of educational services relating to archives.
In order to carry out our work, the National Archives – headed by Director Dr David V Craig – is divided into functional units whose responsibilities are described below.
•Archives Storage and Preservation Division
•Reader Services Division
•Records Acquisition and Description Division
•Special Projects Division
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