For almost thirty years, the field of ancestral research in Ireland has benefited greatly from the presence of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland). AGI is an organisation which both represents the interests of people engaged professionally in genealogy and monitors the standard of their work on behalf of their clients. Beyond its functions as an umbrella group/regulating body, it has made positive contributions to many areas of development, championing the record users’ cause with state-run offices.  It has worked with the wider genealogical community through the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO).