The articles in this book were first broadcast as Thomas Davis lectures on RTÉ Radio to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Institute of Public Administration. The authors, drawn from the civil service, local government and healthcare sectors, as well as academia, have diverse experience at the highest levels and deal with key issues and trends. Together they give a stimulating composite picture of Ireland’s public sector.
In his introductory chapter, Michael Mulreany, Assistant Director General at the IPA, provides background to the series and its subject. Richard Boyle, Senior Rese4rch Officer at the IPA, goes on to consider the changing face of the Irish public service. Professor John Fitzgerald of the ESRI discusses developments in the public service, north and south of the border, since the 1950s, while John Tierney, Dublin City Manager, focuses on how a better linkage could be created between community and government. Consultant cardio-thoracic surgeon Eilis McGovern discusses shaping the health service to address the needs of society today and in the future, and Noel Dorr, former Ambassador and Secretary General to the Department of Foreign Affairs, considers Ireland on the international stage. Finally, Dermot McCarthy, Secretary General to the Government and Department of the Taosieach, looks to the future and the challenges facing the public service over the next few decades.
Serving the State brings together a distinguished panel of authors who reveal and explore issues that are of crucial importance to our society. While celebrating the Institute of Public Administration’s half century of achievement, this book looks forward to the challenges of the next fifty years.
‘Wisdom Delightful for Itself’
Michael Mulreany, Assistant Director General at the Institute of Public Administration
The Changing Face of the Irish Public Service
Richard Boyle, Senior Research Officer at the Institute of Public Administration
From Economic Developmentto St. Andrews: Half a Century of Economic and Social Policy-making
John Fitzgerald, Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute
Mobilising for a Successful Health Service: A Glimpse into the Future
Eilis McGovern, consultant cardio-thoracic surgeon, and works in the Health Service Executive
Ireland on the International Stage
Noel Dorr, former Ambassador and Secretary General, Department of Foreign Affairs
Towards 2016: Challenges Facing the Public Service
Dermot McCarthy, Secretary General to the Government and to Department of the Taoiseach