The Management Development Council (MDC) was established in 2007 by the then Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin, T.D., to advise Government on the adequacy and relevance of management development provision in Ireland and to promote a coordinated approach to building awareness and appreciation in SMEs for the value of and need for upgrading leadership and management skills.
The Council held its first meeting in September 2007, met on ten occasions and ceased its deliberations at the end of 2009 following which its report was published in February 2010. https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/Publication-files/Forf%C3%A1s/Management-Development-in-Ireland.pdf
The Council was supported by a secretariat in Forfás who managed the work of the Council and undertook the research upon which this report is based. The secretariat comprised of a manager, a senior policy analyst and policy analyst.
A budget of €200,000 was allocated in 2007 towards the operation of the Management Development Council allocated on a 50/50 basis between salaries and research activity. A further sum of €200,000 was allocated for the ongoing funding requirement for the MDC for the period 2008 to cessation of the Council at the end of December 2009 and subsequent publication of the report in February 2010.