Diplomatic Graduate Opportunity

Ireland’s diplomatic service is recruiting graduates, its Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan TD has announced, and the posts are open to Irish people in the UK.

Mr. Flanagan announced details of a new “Third Secretary” graduate-level recruitment competition Ireland’s Diplomatic Service.

Until recently the highest ranking diplomat in the Irish service was UK-born David Cooney, a former Irish Ambassador to the UK, who left London to take up the post of Secretary General of the department. He is currently Ireland’s Ambassador to Spain and also served as Ambassador to the Vatican while Secretary General when relations between Ireland and Rome were quite frosty.

Ambassador David Cooney - Diplomatic Graduate Opportunity
Former Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, London-born David Cooney

In 2007 he made departmental history by being the first UK-born Irish Ambassador to this country to present his credentials to the Queen.

On graduation from Keele University he joined the Irish civil service. Mr. Flanagan said: “I am delighted to announce that the Public Appointments Service is launching a competition to recruit the next generation of Ireland’s diplomats at Third Secretary graduate entry-level.

“Ireland’s Diplomatic Service offers a hugely interesting, challenging and rewarding career through representing and serving our citizens in some 80 locations at home and across the globe.

“We want applicants from a range of different backgrounds who have practical experience or a strong interest in international relations, economics and trade promotion and development cooperation.

“Those with skills in languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian, as well as French, German and Spanish, would also be particularly welcome.

“As Ireland’s economy continues to grow in strength, this modest renewal of our diplomatic staff numbers will enable us to continue representing, promoting and protecting Irish interests and values and those of our citizens abroad over the years ahead.  Our diplomatic missions play an important role in trade promotion.  Our thriving exports and increased market access around the world are key drivers of our position as Europe’s fastest growing economy for the second year in a row.

“Representing Ireland overseas as a member of our Diplomatic Service requires resilience, adaptability and strong communication and social skills. It is a huge honour and a great public service. I hope that as many of our outstanding graduates as possible will apply to join us in working for Ireland and Irish people everywhere.”

The period for submitting online applications runs until 15th October, 2015. Full details are available on the Public Appointments Service website – www.gradpublicjobs.ie .

Minister Flanagan appears in this Graduate Opportunities in Foreign Affairs & Trade 2015 video, along with serving diplomats, to promote participation in this new recruitment competition.

  • Applicants to join the Irish Diplomatic Service must be Irish citizens and, on or before 31st December 2015, hold a minimum of Level 8 (honours degree) on the National Framework of Qualifications or have qualified as a Solicitor or a Barrister.

Successful candidates can expect to work at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade headquarters in Dublin or Limerick, at Irish diplomatic missions abroad and in other offices of the Department.

Full details on this position and the online application process are available via the Public Appointments Service website




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