Deputy Secretary (Criminal Justice System)

On Application
08 May 2017
25 May 2017
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time


The Department of Justice and Equality has overall responsibility for public policy and administration in respect of justice, public safety, national security, immigration and equality issues. Its vision, as set out in the Strategy Statement 2016-2019, is for a safe, fair, inclusive Ireland achieved through working together in accordance with the Department’s values.

The Deputy Secretary is responsible for supporting and deputising for the Secretary General and will take the lead in overseeing the management of policing, crime and security (including Northern Ireland), and prisons and probation areas of the Department, including embedding effective accountability structures in relation to An Garda Síochána.

A central focus of this role will be to provide the energy, drive, vision and leadership to influence and expedite policing reform in Ireland and drive fundamental transformation of policing against the background of the forthcoming Commission on the Future of Policing. This will involve proactively working with all relevant stakeholders to ensure Garda resources are allocated efficiently and providing reassurance to the Minister and Government that the significant investment which has now commenced will yield an enhanced service for the community.

The successful candidate will have:

• a track record of achievement which demonstrates excellent leadership and management skills and the ability to provide credible, effective leadership and direction in a multifunctional organisation of significant scale;
• the ability to set the strategic direction and vision for the work of the Department, having regard to the criminal justice system within the broader public policy and political context;
• excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

This is a Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) position.

For a confidential discussion, contact Lisa Keyes on + 353 1 858 7685 or email

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3.00pm on Thursday 25th May 2017

For more information and how to apply, click APPLY.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage
applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.

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