Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

NESC’s Terms of Reference and composition are set out in the National Economic and Social Development Act, 2006, and in the National Economic and Social Council (Alteration of Composition) Order, 2010

NESC functions

The functions of the Council shall be to analyse and report to the Taoiseach on strategic policy issues relating to sustainable economic, social and environmental development in Ireland.

The Council can consider these matters either on its own initiative or at the request of the Taoiseach.  The Council’s reports are then submitted to the Government prior to publication.

NESC membership

The membership of the Council comprises a chairperson and a deputy chairperson, appointed by the Taoiseach, and:

  • Three or four people nominated by business and employers’ organisations;
  • Three or four people nominated by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions;
  • Three or four people nominated by agricultural and farming organisations;
  • Three or four people nominated by community and voluntary organisations;
  • Three or four people nominated by environmental organisations;
  • Between four and six public servants, of whom at least one represents the Taoiseach, and one the Minister for Finance; and
  • Seven or eight people possessing knowledge, experience and skills which the Taoiseach considers relevant to the functions of the Council.

Funding

NESC is funded through the Department of the Taoiseach.  Its annual accounts are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General and are laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.