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Life as an Administrative Officer in Public Expenditure and Reform

"I was attracted to the Civil Service because it offered me a role in formulating public policy at a time when Ireland’s economic challenges were most pressing." Alan Gilligan, Administrative Officer - Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform 

I began working in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in June 2012 after finishing my studies of Economics in National University of Ireland, Galway


Joining the department has been a rewarding experience as I was given
responsibilities and opportunities from my first day. The department is receptive to fresh ideas brought in by new recruits and there are many opportunities to formulate policy with management at the most senior levels.

Some of the best experiences have been representing the department at meetings with the EU and IMF (International Monetary Fund), writing papers and presenting them to the management board, and attending the Dáil session on Budget day.

Overall, there is plenty of variety in the work I do and opportunities to advance further, travel and continue to influence policy.


Article by: Alan Gilligan