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Still from footage of SCP-XXXX-1 at ████████, █████ on ██/██/████. Taken seconds before item disappeared.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: All messages from SCP-XXXX are to be cataloged, then reported to the Department of External Affairs and the Intelligence Agency.

The sitting Taoiseach1, Tánaiste2, and any other ministers of the Irish parliament deemed necessary by the Project Manager are obligated to return for interview on a biannual basis. Interviews are to be conducted in the presence of at least four interviewers for a period of no more than three hours each; all sessions are to be recorded.

Researchers seeking information regarding SCP-XXXX-1's past activity are to contact the Project Manager. Due to SCP-XXXX-1's tendency to relocate (see Addendum XXXX-B), further research into SCP-XXXX-1 is prohibited until further notice.

Description: SCP-XXXX is the Department of Preservation — an agency of the Republic of Ireland that carries out confidential research on anomalous phenomena. The organization refuses to communicate with other research groups; for this reason, little is known regarding SCP-XXXX's covert projects. While operationally similar to the Foundation, SCP-XXXX has been designated as a threat due to its stringent policy of isolation and approach to potentially dangerous anomalies. Attempts to infiltrate SCP-XXXX's headquarters have thus far failed.

Dialogue with the Irish government has revealed the Department has a great deal of independance, not being required to answer to the Taoiseach (see Addendum XXXX-A). To date (██/██/████), no direct contact with any member of SCP-XXXX has been achieved due to a lack of reliable information concerning identities or contact details; the Irish government acts as an intermediary between SCP-XXXX and the Foundation.

It is unknown precisely how many anomalous items are currently known, tracked, or contained by SCP-XXXX, but interviewees have suggested it to be over a hundred. While a small number of these items are allegedly contained and under strict surveillance, the director/s of SCP-XXXX seem to be of the opinion that most anomalies should be allowed to remain free and untouched in their natural habitat (this has frequently been referred to by interviewees as SCP-XXXX's "policy of respect").

The Department's preference is to track the movement of items, occasionally reporting to the Taoiseach about entities that may pose a threat to the population. Such reports usually offer minimal information, although this system of cooperation has apparently worked in the Irish government's favour, as over two-hundred crises have been averted since the establishment of the Department. However, an unspecified number of situations did result in disaster, the latest of which occurred on ██/██/2007, and this usually occurs when unsubstantial information is provided by SCP-XXXX.

Since SCP-XXXX's discovery, the Department has made a total of ███ requests to the Foundation for the exchange of information, or the transfer of items recovered in Ireland back to where they were found. The Foundation has cooperated with SCP-XXXX on a few seperate occasions, each time with the intention of neutralising a common threat. However, SCP-XXXX's allowance for entities, such as SCP-████ and SCP-████, to have roamed freely before the Foundation discovered them does throw into question the Department's priorities, and raises concerns over other unknown phenomena that is allowed to go unrestrained. Following Incident XXXX-20██-1 (see Incident Report XXXX-20██-1), messages aimed towards the Foundation have become considerably more hostile and demanding.

According to early interviews, SCP-XXXX first contacted the Taoiseach via mail on ██/██/████ and informed him of the organisation, then referring to itself as "The Bureau of Preservation". At the time, the Garda Síochána3 could not successfully trace the letter back to an address, and subsequent study of the letter has led to equally inconclusive results. Every message from SCP-XXXX since has been addressed directly to the Taoiseach, and the Department has not shown any intention of upgrading its means of communication for over ██ years.

The Irish government is encouraged by SCP-XXXX to reply to letters by writing a message, addressing it to "Department of Preservation, Contact Office, Sídhgreen House, 37 Loc", and burning it. A reply tends to come within 3-4 working days. The sitting Taoiseach is the only known individual SCP-XXXX will reply to directly. Attempts to find any location relating to SCP-XXXX, including a "Sídhgreen House, 37 Loc", have resulted in SCP-XXXX's headquarters shifting location multiple times (see Addendum XXXX-B).

SCP-XXXX's existence was brought to the attention of the Foundation on ██/██/████ when the Irish government, led by then Taoiseach ████ █████, contacted the Foundation and requested on behalf of SCP-XXXX to return all instances of "Éani" (later clarified to be SCP-████) to Ireland and exchange them for [DATA EXPUNGED]. This request was denied, and following initial investigation, those aware of SCP-XXXX's activities were brought before a council for questioning. Interrogations revealed, among other things, the precarious relationship between the Irish government and SCP-XXXX.

Addendum XXXX-A: The following are excerpts from interview sessions with Irish parliamentary officials:

Addendum XXXX-B: The following is a list of anomalies known to be protected by SCP-XXXX:

Incident Report XXXX-20██-1: The following is an incident report filed on ██/██/████: