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Ireland and the OECD

A brief guide to Ireland's relationship with the OECD.

Château de la Muette, Paris

Image: The Château de la Muette, headquarters of the OECD in Paris, turns green to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick

Ireland was among the founding members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1961. Our membership gives us access to the highest quality analysis and policy advice and the opportunity to contribute  to economic policy internationally.

OECD Membership has been credited with prompting important reforms in Ireland, particularly in the field of education - for example, free secondary education. Today, Ireland participates actively in most OECD committees and bodies.

The OECD Economic Survey of Ireland is an important biennial publication which provides objective and comprehensive analysis of the Irish economy. it is an invaluable resource and is available to read online.

The Permanent Representation works with the OECD to maximise the benefits of membership, ensuring we maintain and develop a strong impact on policy development globally. It represents Ireland on the Standing Committees Council, which form the Organisation's priorities and direction.

Government Departments engage with the OECD through the Substantive Committees, allowing Ireland to draw upon advice and expertise on a broad range of topics. more information about the Organisation's areas of work can be found on the 'Useful Links' page.