The Public Appointments Service is the centralised provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services for the Civil Service, Local Authorities, the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and other public bodies. The Public Appointments Service also aims to provide an open, efficient and effective gateway and process to identify top quality people for consideration by Ministers for appointment to State Boards. The website is the channel used by the Public Appointments Service to both inform the public of vacancies on State Boards and to collate expressions of interest in those roles for the Minister.

There are a number of typical competencies that may be deemed relevant to a position on a State Board and these are outlined below. However, different competencies may apply to any particular vacancy, and these will be outlined in the documentation associated with each such vacancy. The typical competencies include:

Analytical Strategic Perspective

Integrity and a focus on Governance


Contribution and effort


Financial literacy

Applications are welcome from people who believe they have the relevant skills and experience to join a State Board, barring any disqualifications that may apply under legislative provision. Certain of these provisions are outlined in the Companies Act, 2014 and the Company Law Enforcement Act, 2001. An undischarged bankrupt cannot be an officer of a company. Section 132 (1) states that if any person being an undischarged bankrupt (a) acts as a director or secretary of a company or (b) directly or indirectly takes part or is concerned in the promotion, formation or management of a company, the person shall (unless he or she does so with the leave of the court) be guilty of a category 2 offence. “Undischarged bankrupt” means a person who is declared bankrupt by a court of competent jurisdiction, within the State or elsewhere, and who has not obtained a certificate of discharge or its equivalent in the relevant jurisdiction