Government abolishes standalone Office of Chief Scientific Adviser


The Government has announced the abolition of the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The most recent incumbent to the post, Prof Patrick Cunningham, retired at the end of August. Prof Mark Ferguson will take on the role of chief scientific adviser to the Government in addition to his existing role as director general of Science Foundation Ireland.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said the decision to merge the two bodies forms part of a drive for greater efficiency within his department.

This includes the merger of the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority and the integration of Forfás into the department. “The role of the chief scientific adviser to the Government is an important one, particularly given the Government’s stated commitment to research, development and innovation and its importance for Ireland’s economic recovery,” Mr Bruton said. “This move marks a consolidation of our resources in this area and complements the range of scientific advice that is also available within Government organisations, including in areas such as veterinary science, agriculture, environment and health.”

Mr Bruton paid tribute to Prof Cunningham, who had served in the post since January 2007.