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|Civil Service - Secretary General|
(thousands per year)*
175 - 185
Last Updated: April, 2015
|* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.|
The Secretary General is the head civil servant of each Irish Government Department.
The Irish Government is made up of 16 Departments of State. Each Department of State has a permanent staff consisting of administrative, professional, specialist and technical employees.
The Minister is the Head of the Department, and the Secretary General is the head civil servant of each Department.
The Secretary General is recommended by the Minister for that Department and appointed for a period of seven years by the Government.
Secretaries General are responsible for managing the Department, implementing government policies, delivering outputs as determined with the Minister, providing advice to the Minister and using resources appropriately and assigning specific functions, for which the Secretary General is responsible, to officers or grades of officers within the Department.
Specific duties and responsibilities of the Secretary General include:
The Secretary General also has responsibility for managing matters relating to appointments, performance, discipline and the dismissal of staff below the grade of Principal in the Civil Service.
Below the Secretary General, there are a number of Assistant Secretaries, who are each responsible for specific areas of work in the Department.
Below the Assistant Secretaries, there are many officials at varying levels of seniority.
Secretary general (SG) appointments are made by government from a short-list provided by the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) of the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) and are for a fixed term of seven years maximum.
Last Updated: July, 2014
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|Organisation:||Public Appointments Service|
|Address:||Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1|
|Tel:||(01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999|
|Organisation:||Association of Higher Public and Civil Servants (AHPCS)|
|Address:||Fleming's Hall, 12 Fleming's Place, Dublin 4|
|Tel:||(01) 668 6077|
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