Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment / Civil Service

Administrative Officer

Mary Caffrey Administrative Officer

I’ve always been keenly interest in the environment and its protection. When my primary school announced it would be creating a student-led Green Committee, I jumped at the chance - and I’ve been involved in environmental/climate action in one form or another since then.

What attracted me to the Civil Service was that I could pursue my environmental/climate ambitions in a meaningful way whilst providing the security of employment that other such career paths could not offer.

Although I applied to a generalist grade, Ireland’s commitment to a whole-of-Government approach to such issues meant I was confident that I could steer my path within the Service towards an environmental/climate related role, regardless of the department/agency to which I was assigned.

For the past 3 years I have been working in International Climate Policy, helping to enable Ireland to meet its international climate change obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); supporting the development and the articulation of Ireland’s International climate policy position; and supporting the pursuit of coherence for climate policy across all relevant policy areas.

It has been great to know that work I’m doing has a positive impact, and I don’t think you could say that about many sectors at the moment.