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About The Public Appointments Service

The Public Appointments Service, formerly the Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commissioners, is the centralised provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services for the Civil Service. We also provide recruitment and consultancy services to local authorities, the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and other public bodies. The organisation has continued to evolve, moving from a paper-only application process to an internet-driven, online application procedure that is second to none, utilising innovative technology to centralise and streamline the recruitment process through our website


The Public Appointments Service is recognised as the leading recruiter for public service jobs in Ireland. Our website is one of the main channels used for managing and delivering our business. is the main access route for candidates interested in joining the public service. Our aim with this website is to provide a comprehensive on-line recruitment facility, which is easy to use and effective for both clients and candidates.

Our Mission

Our vision is to be the recruitment and resourcing shared service provider of choice in the public service.

Our Services

The main services provided by the Public Appointments Service include:

  • Recruiting for positions in the Civil Service.
  • Recruiting for some senior positions in the Local Authorities, Health Service Executive, Harbour Authorities, Fisheries Boards and Vocational Education Committees.
  • Selecting candidates for promotion within the Civil Service through inter-departmental selection tests and interviews.
  • Assisting other public service organisations, such as the Nursing Careers Centre, with open recruitment.
  • Assisting the Top Level Appointments Committee in making senior appointments within the Civil Service, for example, by conducting preliminary interviews.
  • Providing recruitment, consultancy and training to client organisations and public bodies.


    The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 was signed into law in March 2015. The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (no 5 of 2015) (the Act) commenced on 1 September 2015.

    Designated Public Officials are not subject to rules regarding the registration and reporting of lobbying. Their interactions when lobbied must be reported by the lobbyists in accordance with the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

    Designated Public Officials’ Details for the Public Appointments Service

    Name Organisation Job Title
    Fiona TierneyPublic Appointments ServiceChief Executive Officer

    Role & Responsibilities:
    Responsibility for implementation of Board policy, strategy, management and operation of the Public Appointments Service resides with the Corporate Executive, affected through the Chief Executive.
    The Chief Executive is responsible for:
    a) preparing and submitting to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform a statement of strategy for the purposes of paragraph (b) of section 4(1) of the Public Service Management Act 1997;
    b) managing and controlling generally the staff, administration and business of the Public Appointments Service;
    c) performing such other functions that are conferred on him or her by or under the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 or as may be determined by the Board;
    d) being the recruitment licence holder for the Public Appointments Service;
    e) drawing up the strategic plan for the Public Appointments Service for consideration and approval by the Board before submitting it to the Minister;
    f) being the Accounting Officer for the appropriation accounts of the Public Appointments Service for the purposes of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Acts 1866 and 1921 and the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993;
    g) providing the Board with such information (including financial information) in relation to the performance of his or her functions as the Board may from time to time require;
    h) reporting periodically to the Board and, from time to time, and advising the board on relevant issues;
    i) carrying out his or her functions as the Head of the Scheduled Office under the Public Service Management Act 1997 (as amended by Part 1 of Schedule 2);
    j) undertaking such other functions of the Public Appointments Service as may be determined by the Board;
    k) consulting with the relevant Secretary General of the Department of the State as appropriate for designated senior appointments;
    l) at the request in writing of an Oireachtas Committee, attending before it to give account for the general administration of the Public Appointments Service, as may be required by such Committee.
    Arrangements for communication with the public generally and the media of policy or other developments in the organisation, including where such developments or policy have been formulated by the Board will be a matter for the Chief Executive (and/or his/her staff).

    Register of Lobbying
    The Register of Lobbying can be accessed at

    Our Commitments to You

    • This Office is committed to the highest standards of customer service.
    • It is our goal to deal with our customers professionally, fairly, impartially and with the utmost courtesy and respect.
    • Our Customer Charter has been developed in consultation with a broad range of customers. View the Customer Charter



    NSAI Excellence Through People - Business Improvement

    The focus of Excellence Through People (ETP) is to get organisations to look at their people as a key source of competitive advantage. The model helps organisations achieve business improvement by:

    • Putting the right human resource systems in place to maximise employee contribution.
    • Aligning people practises with the goals of the organisation.
    • Maximising the investment in human resource management.

    The process for business improvement covers six core sections. These sections are:

    • Business planning and continuous improvement.
    • Effective communication and people engagement.
    • Leadership and people management.
    • Planning of learning and development.
    • Evaluation of learning and development.
    • Human resource systems and employee wellbeing.

    PAS was successful in our annual NSAI assessment for ETP in 2014.