Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment


The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (formerly the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation) is responsible for implementing and developing Government policy in the areas of enterprise, innovation, the regulation of business and the protection of workers. These responsibilities include the registration of companies, consumer protection, industrial relations and employment conditions. The Department has 8 divisions, including Workplace and Skills.

The role of the Labour Affairs Division is to work to ensure that employment rights are appropriate and respected. This Division includes the following units:

  • Workplace Relations Reform
  • Employment Permits
  • Industrial Relations (including Protection of Young Persons Acts and Employment Agency legislation)
  • Safety Health and Chemicals Policy Unit
  • Labour market
  • Internal Audit

The Workplace and Skills Division also includes work in the following areas: remote working, skills for enterprise, employment of people with disabilities, accreditation regulation, workplace innovation (toolkit) and the Construction Contracts Adjudication Service.

The Employment Permits Unit administers the employment permits system.

On 14 October 2020 the administration and ministerial functions previously held by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (now called the Department of Social Protection) were transferred to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Employment (now called the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment). The functions transferred were employment affairs and employment law. You can get more information in parts 1 to 3 of S.I. No. 438 /2020.

The work of the Industrial Relations Section includes: industrial relations legislation, trade union matters, monitoring of industrial disputes and legislation relating to employee involvement in the workplace.

Contact details

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

23 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 TD30

Tel: (01) 631 2121
Locall: 1890 220 222
Page edited: 16 November 2020