History of the HRB

The Health Research Board was established under the Health (Corporate Bodies) Act 1961 and by SI No 279 of 1986, from the amalgamation of the Medico-Social Research Board and the Medical Research Council of Ireland.

From 1986 to July 2014 the HRB headquarters were at 73 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. In July 2014, the HRB moved to a new location, Grattan House, 67-72 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

Chairs of the Health Research Board

  • Dr WA Watts 1987 - 1989
  • Professor MX FitzGerald 1990 - 1997
  • Professor MB Murphy 1997 - 2002
  • Professor H Brady 2002 - 2003
  • Professor D Fitzgerald 2003 - 2007
  • Mr Reg Shaw 2007 - 2012
  • Dr Declan Bedford 2012 to 2017
  • Professor Jane Grimson 2018 to present
Chief Executives of the Health Research Board
  • Lt Comdr EJ Furness and Mr J O'Gorman 1987 - 1988 (Jointly in caretaker roles)
  • Dr JV O'Gorman 1988 - 1998
  • Dr R Barrington 1998 - 2007
  • Dr Hamish Sinclair (Acting) 2007 - 2008
  • Mr Enda Connolly 2008 - 2014
  • Dr Graham Love 2014 - 2017
  • Dr Mairead O'Driscoll (Acting) 2017 -