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About the Commission

Our mission is to safeguard the integrity of the recruitment, selection and appointment of people to publicly funded positions and, by continually improving standards, to engender widespread confidence in the ability of those appointed to contribute to the delivery of public services.

The Commission for Public Service Appointments is responsible for regulating recruitment and appointment processes in the following organisations:

  • The Civil Service (most positions)
  • The Health Service Executive
  • An Garda Síochána (up to Inspector level)
  • The Health Information and Quality Authority

Appointments to professional and senior management positions in the local authorities and VECs are also within the remit of the Commission.

The Commission was established by the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 and is bound by law to ensure that recruitment and selection is carried out by fair, open and merit-based means.

The key responsibilities of the Commission are:

As part of the Government's Rationalisation of State Agencies programme the Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments was amalgamated with the Office of the Ombudsman for administration and accounting purposes. This amalgamation was enacted as part of the Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012, Part 2, Sections 17 - 20.