The Minister for Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD has announced the expansion of the eligibility requirements to apply to civil service jobs. Potential candidates holding Stamp 4 visas will now be able to pursue civil servant roles in Government departments.

The initiative has been developed by the Department of Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform and the Public Appointments Service. It progresses the public service wide goal of being an employer of choice by promoting diversity and inclusivity, as outlined in its Public Service Transformation 2030 Strategy (" Better Public Services").

The expanded eligibility requirements follow research undertaken by the Public Appointment Service and work carried out by an Interdepartmental working group to increase diversity across the civil service and better reflect the society it serves.

Announcing the decision, Minister Donohoe said: “There is an increasing need within the civil service to attract and retain skilled professionals across several sectors to ensure high-quality public services continue to be provided to our growing population. By opening up the civil service to include the thousands of people who have made Ireland their home, we have a real solution that both provides a greater recruiting talent pool, and helps drive a more diverse, innovative and inclusive public service that delivers for all of Ireland’s communities.”

Commenting, Margaret McCabe, CEO of Public Appointments Service said: “The Public Appointments Service, through our website publicjobs.ie, is focused on recruiting a diversity of people for the civil service with the talent, character and commitment to deliver for Ireland. Removing this eligibility barrier for those from a migrant background follows an in-depth study we conducted in partnership with NGO The Open Doors Initiative and global immigration services firm Fragomen. Its removal opens up a wider recruitment talent pool for the civil service, that will further help us effectively implement our skills first approach to recruitment. We now look forward to receiving applications from talented individuals who would have previously found themselves unable to pursue a career in the civil service”.