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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 101,700 persons employed in Public Administration and Defence in Q4 of 2017, 4.6% of national employment. Employment grew 18% growth over the five-year period between quarter 4 2012 and quarter 4 2017, an increase of 15,500 persons employed.

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...

Mary McCaughey - Head of  Communications
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Mary McCaughey - Head of Communications

Aoife Lyons - Occupational Psychologist
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Aoife Lyons - Occupational Psychologist

Edel Butler - Administrative Officer
Posted by Irish Tax Institute

Edel Butler - Administrative Officer

Lawrence Meredith - Languages and Diplomacy
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Lawrence Meredith - Languages and Diplomacy

College Course Videos...

Economics CK101  - University College Cork
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Economics CK101 - University College Cork

Social Sciences DN750  - University College Dublin - UCD
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Social Sciences DN750 - University College Dublin - UCD

School of Law and Government DC230  - Dublin City University
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School of Law and Government DC230 - Dublin City University

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