The three key jobs and how they will be filled
The three positions have a crucial role:
1. Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach and Secretary General to the Government: Reports to the Taoiseach, works directly with the Cabinet and heads up the Taoiseach's department and its wide-ranging activities.
2. Second Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach: Reports to the Tanaiste, working with the Government's Economic Management Council and co-ordinating European Union activities.
3. Secretary General to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Reports to the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister and will be involved in the setting up of the department from scratch.
- All three posts are being filled by the Government itself, meaning the normal process of going through the Top Level Appointments Commission is bypassed.
Current Department of the Taoiseach Secretary General Dermot McCarthy has announced his forthcoming retirement. Mr McCarthy has sought "expressions of interest" in an email addressed to "Secretary General, Each Department/Head of Office".
Applications must be received by Mr McCarthy by 5pm today.
The applications will be collated by Mr McCarthy and a shortlist will be given to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Cabinet for consideration. At this stage, the Government will have to decide whether to go with the internal appointments or look elsewhere.
Fionnan Sheahan's analysis