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The Department’s staff are generally recruited by the Public Appointments Service.

Details about open recruitment can be obtained by contacting them at Public Appointment Service, Chapter House, 26-30 Middle Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1 or via their website

Principal Officer (Ballina)

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is now inviting applications for the role of Principal Officer in its Ballina office. 

Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government

The Department supports the sustainable and efficient delivery of well-planned homes and effective local government.  In order to do this the Department ensures that planning and building in the country’s regions and communities contributes to sustainable and balanced development and that it provides a supply of good quality housing.  The Department also has responsibility to provide a framework for the sustainable management of water resources from source to sea, and supports and enables democratic, responsive and effective local government, effective electoral management and high quality fire services and emergency management.

The Department employs over 780 staff across the country, primarily in Dublin, Wexford and Ballina.  Approximately 70 Departmental staff are currently based in Ballina in a building hosting several other Government Departments.

Principal Officer Role

The precise nature of the Principal Officer role will vary depending on the Business Units in which vacancies arise.  The Department supports a programme of staff mobility that provides opportunities for staff to move between units to further develop their skills and expertise. Elements of the following Divisions of the Department are based in its Ballina office currently –

  • Water Division
  • Corporate and Business Support Division
  • Housing Delivery Division

In general, a Principal Officer can expect to be involved in leading and motivating teams of people, analysing public policy issues, engaging with Ministers and Members of the Oireachtas, provision of advice, managing stakeholders, delivering programmes and the management and delivery of services to the citizen.

Employing Department/Authority

Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government


The Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government is recruiting for this position under its Recruitment Licence issued by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) and in accordance with the CPSA’s Code of Practice.

Employing Department/Authority Website:

Location: Ballina

Applications: The closing date for applications is 20 June 2019

Applicants should submit completed application forms to:

Please note:  Only applications submitted on the official application form will be considered -

Advertising Date: 4 June 2019

Closing Date for Applications: 20 June 2019