What is the legal status of the ESRI?

The Economic and Social Research Institute is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in 1960 under the Companies Acts 1908-1959 and registered in Ireland under registration number 18269. The registered office is Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2.

While the ESRI is a limited liability company it is exempted from the obligation to use the word “limited” as part of its name. It is a not for profit organisation and registered as a charity under registration number CHY5335.


How is the ESRI governed?

The Institute enjoys full academic independence and is answerable ultimately to its subscribing members, currently over 300 companies and individuals. The Council is the effective board of directors of the Institute. Council meetings are attended by the Company Secretary and two representatives of the Management Committee in a non-voting capacity. Apart from the Director of the Institute, who is an ex-officio member, ESRI Council members are not remunerated.


What external oversight exists for the ESRI?

The ESRI is audited by the Comptroller & Auditor General and is subject to the rules that apply to state organisations in relation to prompt payments, disclosure, risk management and tax clearance.

Under the terms of the Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012, with effect from 1 May 2013, the ESRI is subject to independent oversight by the Office of the Ombudsman.

From 30 April 2013 the remit of the Ombudsman for Children has been extended and it now covers the ESRI. Further details.


  • The ESRI’s Memorandum and Articles of Association are available here.
  • The procedure for the investigating allegations of scientific misconduct are available here.
  • The ESRI’s Child Safeguarding Statement is available here. 

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