Mr Kevin McCarthy has been appointed Secretary General to the Department, following the Government meeting of 19 December 2017. He is taking up the position with immediate effect.
Kevin was formerly Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education and Skills where he has most recently held responsibility for external staff relations and terms and conditions of employment, school transport, and curriculum and assessment policy. He held previous responsibilities at Assistant Secretary level for the Planning and Building and Higher Education Divisions in the Department.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, Kevin served in the positions of Director, Ministerial Policy Adviser and Principal Officer in the Department and held various responsibilities across the areas of Finance, Corporate Services, Central Policy and Higher Education. Before joining the Department in 2002, Kevin worked in the Department of Health and in the health sector.
The Department is organised in three Divisions, each of which is headed by an Assistant Secretary or Director:
- Community Division – Bairbre Nic Aongusa
- Rural Development & Regional Affairs Division – William Parnell
- Corporate Division – Vacancy
Governance of the Department is overseen by the Department’s Management Board.
A list of the people who are Designated Public Officials for the purposes of the Regulation of Lobbying Act may be viewed here.
A list of those State Boards and Agencies funded from the Department’s Vote, together with links to their websites, may be viewed here.