Competency-based Application Forms & Competency-based Interviews for Irish Government / Departments

The Government of Ireland (Rialtas na hÉireann) is the Cabinet that exercises executive authority in the Republic of Ireland.

The Constitution of Ireland vests executive authority in a government which is headed by the Taoiseach, the Head of Government. The government is composed of government ministers, all of whom must be members of the Irish parliament. The Taoiseach must be nominated and approved by Dáil Eireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas, the Irish legislature. Following the Dáil’s nomination, the President of Ireland appoints the Taoiseach to his role. The President also appoints members of the government, including the Tánaiste, the deputy head of government, on nomination of the Taoiseach. The government is dependent upon the Oireachtas to make primary legislation and as such, the government needs to command a majority in the Dáil in order to ensure support and confidence for budgets and government bills to pass. Collectively, the government is known as “the cabinet”. There are 17 ministerial departments namely:

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Department of Defence

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Department of Finance

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Health

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Department of Justice and Equality

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Rural and Community Development

Department of the Taoiseach

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Normally, the Government serves in office until the nomination of a new Taoiseach by Dáil Éireann. The maximum term is five years by law, though the constitution allows seven. Most governments in recent years have served 4–5 years.

The Government must enjoy the confidence of Dáil Éireann if it is to remain in office. If the Taoiseach ceases “to retain the support of a majority in Dáil Éireann”, either Dáil Éireann must be dissolved or the Taoiseach must resign. This applies only in cases of a no-confidence vote or loss of supply (rejection of a budget), rather than a government bill being rejected. The President may refuse to grant a dissolution to a Taoiseach who does not enjoy the support of the Dáil, thus forcing the resignation of the Taoiseach.

When the Taoiseach resigns, the entire Government is deemed to have resigned as a collective. However, in such a scenario, according to the Constitution, “the Taoiseach and the other members of the Government shall continue to carry on their duties until their successors shall have been appointed”. The Taoiseach can also direct the President to dismiss or accept the resignation of individual ministers.

Upon the dissolution of Dáil Éireann, ministers are no longer members of the Oireachtas, and therefore at first glance ineligible for office. However, under a different clause in the Constitution, they “shall continue to hold office until their successors shall have been appointed”.

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Over the past number of years, Government Agencies / Departments have introduced Competency-based Application Forms and Competency-based Interviews to help them select, recruit external job applicants and/or promote internal employees. Talent Fusion has been helping these job applicants / internal employees complete these Competency-based Application Forms and prepare for Competency-based Interviews for over 10 years across Ireland. Every Competency-based Application Form and every Competency-based Interview is tailored around the Job Applicant, Job Title and the desired Department, where structure, design and word count/space allowed and time are respected. Talent Fusion strives and aim to meet time and budget constraints and can meet/work with people during and outside office/working hours. An impressive Competency-based Application Form makes for a more confident interviewee, satisfied interviewers and an easier interview.

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