Corporate Information

Board Of Directors

Matt Dempsey (Chairman)
Jessica Harrington
Dr. Sean Brady
Mark Weld
John Tuite
Dairine Walsh
Seamus Boyle

Management Team

John Osborne
Chief Executive

Anne Lawlor
Financial Controller

Helen Boyce
Breeding Manager

Annette Boland
Stud Manager

Sinead Hyland
Marketing Co-ordinator

Gary Swift
Bloodstock and Sales

David Wardell
Tourism Development Manager


Accounts Information


Below you will find copies of our financial accounts for the alas number of years.

Annual accounts for The Irish National Stud (2015)

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Download (Irish)

Annual accounts for The Irish National Stud (2014)

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Annual accounts for The Irish National Stud (2013)

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Annual accounts for The Irish National Stud (2012)

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Annual accounts for The Irish National Stud (2011)

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Annual accounts for The Irish National Stud (2010)

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Code of Conduct


Irish National Stud Code Of Conduct

Additional Information:

Code of Conduct Employee

Code of Conduct Management 


Freedom of Information


On 14 October 2014, the Freedom of Information Act 2014 came into effect and repealed the 1997 and 2003 Acts. The new Act introduced a number of changes to the Freedom of Information (FOI) scheme and widened the range of bodies to which the FOI legislation applies, to all public bodies unless specifically exempt. The old legislation continues to apply to any FOI request made before the new legislation came into effect. It also applies to any subsequent review or appeal.


The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides the following statutory rights:

A legal right for each person to access information held by a body to which FOI legislation applies.
A legal right for each person to have official information relating to himself/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading.
A legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting himself/herself.

Requests for information

You can ask for the following records:

Any records relating to you personally, whenever they were created.
All other records created after a certain date:

– 21 October 1998 for the HSE and local authorities
– 21 April 1998 for public bodies that were covered by the old FOI legislation
– 21 April 2008 for public bodies that were not covered by the old FOI legislation

A record can be a paper document or information held on computer.

You should clearly identify the information you want and some information may not be given to you because it is exempt, for example because it would unfairly reveal personal details about another person.


Section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for fees and charges. The current fees are:

Initial request for a record FREE FREE
Internal review €30 €10
Review by Information Commissioner €50 €15
Application for amendment containing incorrect information FREE FREE
Application for reasons for a decision affecting individual FREE Free

* There are no fees where you appeal a decision to charge a fee or deposit, or a fee or deposit of a specific amount.

** Reduced fees will apply in respect of medical card holders and third parties who appeal a decision to release their information on public interest grounds.

No fees apply where the request involves access to your personal records.

Charges for search, retrieval and copying of records

Charges may be applied for the time spent finding and retrieving records and for any copying costs incurred in providing you with the material requested.

If the estimated cost of search, retrieval and copying is more than €700 the body can refuse to process your request, unless you refine your request to bring the search, retrieval and copying fees below this limit.

How to apply

It is important to note that it may not be necessary to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act from a body. A considerable amount of material is already made available to the public through websites, information leaflets, publications and in response to oral and written enquiries.

If the information you require is not readily available, you must make your request in writing to the FOI Unit of the body and your application should refer to the Freedom of Information Act. If your application for information does not mention the Act, then your application will be dealt with as an ordinary request for information. If information is required in a particular form (for example, photocopy or computer disk) this should be specified in the application.

Try to be as specific as you can in order to enable the organisation to identify the information you require. Where possible try to indicate the time period for which you wish to access records (for example, records created between May 2012 and December 2012).

Under the Act, a request for records must be acknowledged within 2 weeks and, in most cases, responded to within 4 weeks. If a third party is involved, there may be another 3 weeks before you receive a response.

You can find more information on making a request on the website.

Please include the following information when submitting an FOI request*:

  • First Name
  • Surname
  • Address
  • Name of the organisation on whose behalf you are making the request and, your position within that organisation (if applicable).
  • Description of your request – please provide as much detail as possible.

Or, complete the application form available here

*Please note that if you are seeking information/records relating to you personally, you may be asked for proof of your identity.

By post:

Freedom of Information requests should be addressed to:

Freedom of Information,

Stud Office,

Irish National Stud & Gardens,


County Kildare,


FOI review procedures

If you are not satisfied with the response to any aspect of your request for information (for example, refusal of information, form of access or charges) you can seek to have the decision re-examined. Also, if you have not received a reply within 4 weeks of your initial application (this is deemed a refusal of your request) you can seek to have the decision re-examined.

The internal review of an FOI decision is carried out by more senior members of staff within the body and must be made within 3 weeks. An application for review of a decision should be addressed to the FOI Unit of the body involved.

FOI appeals

If you are still unhappy with the decision, you have the right to appeal the decision to the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner investigates complaints of non-compliance with FOI legislation and generally promotes a freedom of information culture in the public service.

Acknowledgement of receipt of enquiry will be sent from email address, please ensure your spam filter as applicable, will facilitate receipt of emails from this address.

Freedom of Information Application Form – Download

Freedom of Information Act 2014 – Download

Freedom of Information Act 1997 – Download


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