An Bord Altranais was established by the Nurses Act, 1950 to take over the functions of two bodies, the Central Midwives Board and the General Nursing Council, which had been established in 1918 and 1919 respectively. An Bord Altranais was re-constituted and its functions were re-defined and expanded by the Nurses Act, 1985.
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The Medical School dates from the 19th century and various postgraduate faculties were added in the 20th century. More recently the College has become active abroad, in the provision of education, training and hospital management. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is independent, international and progressive - a unique medical institution.