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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Requests from SCP-XXXX, and messages threatening or otherwise, must be cataloged and reported to the Department of External Affairs and the Intelligence Agency.

The sitting Taoiseach1 and Tánaiste2 of the Irish parliament, as well as other ministers when deemed necessary by the Project Manager, are obligated to return for interview on a biannual basis regarding SCP-XXXX's activities. Interview sessions are to be conducted by at least four interviewers for a period of no more than three hours each, and all sessions must be recorded.

Researchers seeking information regarding SCP-XXXX-1's past activity must contact the Project Manager for access. Research conducted into SCP-XXXX-1 is to remain restricted until further notice due to the phenomenon's dangerous tendency to relocate (see Addendum XXXX-B).

Description: SCP-XXXX, referred to as the Department of Preservation, is a government department of the Republic of Ireland that carries out confidential research on anomalous phenomena. The organization refuses communication with any other research group; thus little information is known regarding the covert projects undertaken by SCP-XXXX. While similar to the Foundation in terms of operation, SCP-XXXX has been designated a threat due to its stringent policy of isolationism and difference in treatment of potentially dangerous items.

Significant attempts to infiltrate SCP-XXXX's headquarters or merge in any way with the organisation have thus far failed, and 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 members of SCP-XXXX has been achieved due to a lack of reliable information concerning their 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 claimed it is 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 rarely consist of substantial details about entities, only offering minimal intelligence then used to prevent significant contact between civilians and anomalous dangers. 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 which did result in disaster, the latest of which occurred on ██/██/2007, were as a result of unsubstantial information being provided by SCP-XXXX.

Since SCP-XXXX's discovery, a total of ███ requests have been made by the Department to the Foundation concerning the exchange of information (often vastly in SCP-XXXX's favour) or the transfer of items recovered in Ireland back to where they were found. Following Incident XXXX-20██-1 (see Incident Report XXXX-20██-1), messages aimed towards the Foundation have become considerably more hostile.

The Foundation has only cooperated with SCP-XXXX on a few seperate occasions, each time with the intention of neutralising a common threat, implying SCP-XXXX can recognise detainment and/or neutralisation as a preferable option when dealing with anomalous items. However, the Department's allowance for entities, such as SCP-████ and SCP-████, to have roamed freely before the Foundation's discovery of them does throw into question SCP-XXXX's priorities, and raises concerns over what other phenomena is allowed to go unrestrained.

According to accounts from early interviews, SCP-XXXX first contacted the Taoiseach via mail on ██/██/████ and informed him as to the purpose of the organisation, then referring to itself as "The Bureau of Preservation". At the time, the Garda Síochána3 could not successfully trace the typed letter back to an address, and subsequent study of the letter has led to equally inconclusive results. Since first contact, every message from SCP-XXXX has been sent directly to the Taoiseach, and the Department has not shown any intention of upgrading its means of communication or even changing its typeface 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. It is unknown how SCP-XXXX recovers messages this way, but a reply tends to come within 3-4 working days. The sitting Taoiseach is the only known individual SCP-XXXX will reply to directly, and by unknown means the Department is capable of determining who has written the message. Attempts to find the position of "Sídhgreen House, 37 Loc", or any location relating to SCP-XXXX, have resulted in the Department's headquarters changing location several 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 ████ █████, formally 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 the Foundation entered talks with the government about SCP-XXXX. Members of the Irish parliament had little substantial information to offer, and official documentation on the organisation's activities was scarce.

Following initial investigation, those aware of SCP-XXXX's activities were brought before a council for intensive interrogation, and this not only revealed SCP-XXXX's policy of respect and its possession or awareness of over a hundred anomalous items, but also 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 detailed account of SCP-XXXX-1:

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