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The Role of the Secretary General

Aidan O’Driscoll is our Secretary General.

The Secretary General is the senior civil servant and non-political head of the Department.  His job is day-to-day management and non-political strategic planning and direction.

The Secretary General is the Accounting Officer.  He is responsible for safeguarding the funds under the control of the Department and for ensuring economy and efficiency in the running of the Department.

 

The Role of the Deputy Secretaries General

Oonagh McPhillips and Oonagh Buckley are our Deputy Secretaries General.  Oonagh McPhillips is responsible for the criminal justice area of the Department and Oonagh Buckley is responsible for the civil justice and equality area.

 

The Department Board

The purpose of the Department Board is to provide strategic leadership, vision and direction to the Department’s staff and agencies; operating as a trusted advisor to the Minister and Ministers of State; and ensuring effective and robust governance and oversight leading to a safer, fairer and inclusive Ireland in which to live, work and do business.

 

The Responsibilities of the Department Board

 

Ensuring that an appropriate governance framework is in place for the Department and the sector, in particular:

 

Membership of the Department Board

Aidan O’Driscoll – Secretary General

Oonagh McPhillips – Deputy Secretary General – Criminal Justice Pillar

Oonagh Buckley – Deputy Secretary General – Civil Justice  & Equality Pillar

Doncha O’Sullivan – Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services

 

Executive Boards

Implementation of the Transformation Programme of the Department has resulted in the responsibilities of the former Management Board being divided between two pillars each of which is overseen by an Executive Board and chaired by a Deputy Secretary General.  The Criminal Justice Executive Board is chaired by Deputy Secretary General Oonagh McPhillips, and the Civil Justice & Equality Executive Board is chaired by Deputy Secretary General Oonagh Buckley.

 

The Role of the Executive Boards

The role of the Executive Boards is to lead each pillar of the Department and ensure effective management in support of the Secretary General, the Minister and the Ministers of State, to put in place effective and robust governance for the areas of work each pillar covers, and provide oversight, management and review of the delivery of policy and other work, including those issues in the OnePlan Programme that are proper to each executive pillar, Business Plans (inlcuding those of the relevant pillar’s offices/agencies), risk management and resources.

 

Membership of the Criminal Justice Executive Board

Oonagh McPhillips – Deputy Secretary General (Chair)

Michael Flahive – Assistant Secretary, Criminal Law Reform and Prisons and Probation Policy

Jimmy Martin – Assistant Secretary, International Policy

John O’Callaghan – Assistant Secretary, Policing

Ben Ryan – Assistant Secretary, Crime & Security

Andrew Payne – Ministerial Liaison Officer

 

Membership of the Civil Justice and Equality Executive Board

Oonagh Buckley – Deputy Secretary General (Chair)

Carol Baxter – Assistant Secretary, Head of Asylum Services, Integration and Equality

Michael Kirrane – Director General, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

Vacancy – Assistant Secretary, Civil Law Reform and Courts Policy

Louise Sandom – Ministerial Liaison Officer

 

Responsibilities of the Executive Boards

 

Ensuring that an appropriate governance framework is in place, in particular:

 

A number of existing sub-committees to the Management Board, comprising members of two pillars and the Transformation Management Board, will continue with reporting as necessary to the Executive Board and / or the Department Board.

 

The Transformation Management Board

The Transformation Management Board is responsible for providing leadership, vision and direction to the Department’s Transformation Programme and managing and monitoring its delivery.

The Transformation Management Board is chaired by the Secretary General and its membership comprises the Deputy Secretaries General of the Criminal Justice and Civil Justice and Equality Pillars, all Assistant Secretaries and the Director of Crime and Security Division.