Ireland

Ireland is represented in JPIAMR by the Health Research Board, the nation’s lead agency responsible for supporting and funding health research, information and evidence.

On 28 March 2017, Ireland was accepted as a new member of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR). Ireland will be represented in JPIAMR by the Health Research Board, the nation’s lead agency responsible for supporting and funding health research, information and evidence.

Ireland has a good track record in addressing antimicrobial resistance with prevention and control of health care associated infections (HCAIs) and AMR being a significant long standing patient safety and public health priority for the Irish Department of Health.

A National Interdepartmental AMR Consultative Committee was set up in 2014 between the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The objective was to raise public and professional awareness of the threat of AMR to both public and animal health, addressing the repercussions for human health, agriculture, food industry and environment.

Another initiative which the Health Services Executive has established in Irish acute public hospitals is good systems for recording and benchmarking antimicrobial prescribing, and for recording and comparing antimicrobial resistance rates for serious infections with other European countries. Ireland also has an established national system for reporting on antibiotic consumption in the community.

Ireland has contributed to reporting to the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System since 1999 and through its membership of the World Health Organisation, is part of the international effort aimed at tackling the global public health treat of AMR.

 

About the HRB

The Health Research Board (HRB) is the lead agency in Ireland responsible for supporting and funding health research, information and evidence. The vision is Healthy people through excellent research and applied knowledge.

 

National AMR research program and activities

AMR Research program

  • A National Interdepartmental AMR Consultative Committee was set up in 2014 between the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The objective was to raise public and professional awareness of the threat of AMR to both public and animal health, addressing the repercussions for human health, agriculture, food industry and environment.
  • Another initiative which the Health Services Executive has established in Irish acute public hospitals is good systems for recording and benchmarking antimicrobial prescribing, and for recording and comparing antimicrobial resistance rates for serious infections with other European countries. Ireland also has an established national system for reporting on antibiotic
    consumption in the community.
  • Ireland has contributed to reporting to the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System since 1999 and through its membership of the World Health Organisation, is part of the international effort aimed at tackling the global public health treat of AMR

National AMR research calls

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have recently awarded two new AMR projects:

  • A large-scale project entitled ‘PIER: Public health Impact of Exposure to antibiotic Resistance in coastal waters’. This is being led by Dr Dearbhaile Morris from NUIG and was awarded through the EPA’s 2018 Open Call. A short summary of this project and funding awarded can be found here.
  •  A Scholarship project entitled ‘Survival of mobile antibiotic resistance in water’. The supervisor for this Scholarship is Dr Fiona Walsh from Maynooth University and the Scholarship was awarded through the EPA’s 50:50 Co-funded Scholarship Scheme with Third Level Institutions. A short summary of this project and funding awarded can be found here.

Activities on AMR actions at national level

 

National action plans

 

Management Board representatives

  • Catherine Gill, Health Research Board