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The Higher Education Authority (HEA) leads the strategic development of the Irish higher education and research system with the objective of creating a coherent system of diverse institutions with distinct missions, which is responsive to the social, cultural and economic development of Ireland and its people and supports the achievement of national objectives.

The HEA is accountable to the Minister for Education and Skills and has a statutory responsibility, at central government level, for the effective governance and regulation of higher education institutions and the higher education system.

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