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Doreen Kirwan - In Interview

The fact that I'm Job Sharing is of great benefit to me because I like to be able to have life outside work and it affords me the time to do that.

Doreen Kirwan

My name is Doreen Kirwan. I'm an Executive Officer in the Department of the Environment and Local Government in the Custom house in Dublin. I work in the Environmental Awareness Section of the Department. I am job sharing, and my partner and myself are co-editors of the environmental bulletin, which is produced quarterly, we also do co-ordinating work for the other environmental sections, we run the environmental awareness campaign which is aimed at reducing litter and waste.

I started working in the Civil Service in 1969, in the Civil Service Commission. I left after I got married. I came back on a full time basis, but having being home for twenty years and having my life scheduled around free time that wasn't suitable for me, so I applied for, and was able to get job sharing, which was very suitable because I had children at school and it meant I could be home part of the time. I worked in the Department of Social Protection for 5 years. I left the Department of Social Welfare in 1999 and I went to work in the State Laboratory in Abbotstown because there was a vacancy there for a job sharing person and as I lived locally it was very convenient to work from there. While there I did the open exam for Executive Officer and I was successful in this and I was then placed in the Department of the Environment in the Custom House where I am now.

I like working in the Civil Service because there is a variety of jobs available, and also because it's family friendly. The fact that I'm job sharing is of great benefit to me because I like to be able to have life outside work and it affords me the time to do that.

I find the opportunity to do courses and training that are available to people working in the civil service to be very beneficial. I've done computer courses and I've done language courses while I've been in the civil service. I was able to study for my diploma in French and, as a result of this, go to work for the Department of Social Welfare in France at one stage, for a short term.

I can, after my year of probation is up in May, apply for internal exams to be promoted to HEO.

After that then there are opportunities, after a reasonable time, to apply for other promotions in the civil service.

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