Kilkenny is an important centre for several of the commercial semi-state organisations including Telecom Eireann, Electricity Supply Board, Bord Gais, An Post, Bus Eireann and Iarnrod Eireann.
Health Service Executive
A new agency, the Health Service Executive (HSE), assumed responsibility for the health service in the Republic of Ireland on January 1, 2005.
As part of the Irish government's Health Service Reform Programme, the functions of Health Boards, including the South Eastern Health Board, have transferred to the HSE. The former South Eastern Health Board is now under the auspices of the Health Service Executive and is known as HSE - South Eastern Area.
Sittings of the District, Circuit and High courts are conducted in Kilkenny Courthouse, the former Grace's Old Castle
|Comhairle is the new national support agency responsible for the provision of information, advice and advocacy to members of the public on social services. Comhairle combines all aspects of the work of the National Social Service Board (NSSB) and the relevant information functions of the National Rehabilitation Board (NRB). As a statutory agency, Comhairle will come within the remit of the Department of Social, Community & Family Affairs. The Kilkenny Offices are located on the Parade. ||FÁS Employment Services |
Fas offices in Kilkenny are located in Irishtown. The agency assist unemployed persons through further training and employment placement. They also operate Community Employment Schemes.
|Rail Services |
Kilkenny is on the main railway link between Dublin and Waterford. Services to and from the capital are four times daily. Plans are in progress to update the line with hourly commuter services to Dublin.
There is a local monitoring weather station in Kilkenny.
|The Environmental Protection Agency |
The Environmental Protection Agency checks the environmental quality of the rivers and public waterways on behalf of local government agencies. They also monitor the effluent from licensed factories.
|Forestry Service |
Coillte manages all the forestry within the county including planting, maintenance of trees and timber harvesting.
Kilkenny is served by three hospitals:
St. Luke's Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital.The Regional Orthopaedic Hospital Kilcreene is an orthopaedic hospital.St. Canice's Psychiatric Hospital provides a range of mental health services.
|Agricultural and Food Development Authority |
Teagasc provides advice and education services to the farming community and runs courses for rural enterprise projects. Kildalton College was established in August 1971 as a college of agriculture and horticulture.Kildalton College provides training in agriculture, horticulture, machinery and horses. It is located in the village of Piltown in South Kilkenny