Diversity Strategy Discussions

We had an excellent session with a cross-section
of experts, from across public and private sectors, nationally and internationally, to discuss how we can best approach the development of an ambitious Diversity and Inclusion strategy and work programme.

External attendees included Oonagh Buckley
(Dept. of Justice and Equality), Nicholas Meehan and Fiona O’Callaghan (Dept. of Public
Expenditure and Reform), Torunn Dahl (Deloitte Ireland), James Connington (Institute of Public Administration), Laurence Bond (Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission), Seamus Taylor (Maynooth University), Anne Walsh (National Youth Council of Ireland), Nadine Huggins (Treasury Board Secretariat/Government of Canada) and Máire Ní Fhiachain. Attendees from the Public Appointments Service included Shirley Comerford (CEO), Niall Leavy (Head of Strategic Projects), Áine Gray (Head of Assessment Services), Rosemarie O’Mahony (Head of Project Services), Margaret McCabe (Head of Recruitment and Selection) and Deirdre Toomey (Diversity and Inclusion Lead).

As the key centralised public service recruiter and primary gateway to careers in many parts of the public sector, we here at publicjobs.ie, recognise the importance of the contribution we can make towards achieving a Civil and Public Service that is reflective of the people and society we serve.

We fully appreciate the business case that shows that diversity and inclusive workplaces fuel innovation and high performance and deliver better outcomes. We also understand that not everybody is comfortable in this space or informed to the same extent, and that there are challenges. However, with our clients and stakeholders we have a pivotal role is socialising, understanding and encouraging debate, helping organisations shape the workplace of the future.

We are committed to devising Diversity and Inclusion related strategies to implement systems, policies and processes that will ensure we attract and engage really great talent to the wide range of really great roles and great workplaces across the public service.