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This is where your taxes go, to keeping the roads maintained, laws enforced and all the other functions of government that keep society functioning. Politicians create laws and represent the people, the civil and public services then carries out government policy. The European Union operates on a similar basis across Europe. This is a complex sector, which includes independent bodies such as regulators who ensure that products, occupations or the government itself is acting properly and to the correct standard.

Skills

    communication, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, decision making, enforcing laws and regulations, writing, negotiation, people management, problem solving,

Key Facts

0.317%
of Irish gross national income spent on international aid in 2017
28,342
employed by local authorities in 2018
2
number of languages most EU careers require

Labour Market Information

There were 108,300 persons employed in Public Administration and Defence in Q4 of 2018, 4.7% of national employment. Employment grew 24% over the five-year period between quarter 4 2013 and quarter 4 2018.

No shortages have been identified for Government administration occupations.

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Civil and Public Service

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Civil and Public Service
EU Careers

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EU Careers Public Service Recruitment Process
Public Service Recruitment Process

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Career Interview Videos...

Anthony Rafferty - Clerical Officer
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Anthony Rafferty - Clerical Officer

David Crowe - Administrative Officer
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David Crowe - Administrative Officer

Alan Gilligan - Administrative Officer
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Alan Gilligan - Administrative Officer

Margaret Donaghue - Prison Officer
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Margaret Donaghue - Prison Officer

College Course Videos...

School of Law and Government - Dublin City University
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School of Law and Government - Dublin City University

GY309 - Financial Mathematics and Economics - NUI Galway
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GY309 - Financial Mathematics and Economics - NUI Galway

MH107 - Social Science - Maynooth University
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MH107 - Social Science - Maynooth University

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