Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


The Public Appointments Service plays a central role in recruiting diverse talent to take up public service employment opportunities. As recruiters and employers, we recognise and value the importance of attracting and welcoming a workforce that is responsive, accessible, resilient, and reflective of the communities it serves.


“We recruit a diversity of people for the public service with the talent, character and commitment to deliver for Ireland”


We believe that a thriving, inclusive public service that is energised by the contribution of employees from all sectors of society leads to more innovative, productive workplaces and more responsive and inclusive policies, programmes and services. All of our activities and initiatives are underpinned by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy 2021-2023. The three key strategic priorities identified in the strategy include;

  • Greater knowledge and understanding of diversity in the recruitment market and the Irish Public sector
  • Recruitment and selection processes that encourage and enable access to candidates from diverse backgrounds
  • Our culture models best practice in ED&I and we support our clients in building inclusive workplaces


Download our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy 2021-2023 

Inclusive Employment in Action 

Oireachtas Work Learning (OWL) Programme 

The Oireachtas Work Learning (OWL) programme is an applied learning, development and socialisation programme for adults with an intellectual disability. It is facilitated by the Houses of the Oireachtas Service in collaboration with KARE and WALK. The goal of the OWL programme is to provide trainees with the skills, knowledge and ability to gain meaningful paid employment. It offers a unique opportunity to gain practical work experience, as well as providing accreditation for their learning over an 11-month period. Previous graduates are now employed on a part-time basis in the Civil Service and the Oireachtas Service. 

Find out more about enhancing organisational inclusivity and how to get involved in the programme by downloading the  Guide to Promoting Inclusive Employment

Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) Programme 

The Civil Service Equality Unit works in partnership with the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) to create a six-month paid programme aimed at graduates with disabilities. The programme allows graduates the opportunity to gain work experience, develop their careers, learn new skills, train and receive support during their paid placement.

To date, the WAM Programme has provided placements to over 350 graduates. We actively encourage graduates to apply for roles with us through the WAM Programme. For more information and opportunities, please visit the AHEAD website and you can register with WAM.

For information on the accessibility of our services, please visit our accessibility page or you can contact our Disability Champion: 

Amanda Kavanagh,

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Phone:(01) 8587655