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The role of Secretary General

Oonagh McPhillips is our Secretary General (acting). 

The Secretary General is the senior civil servant and non-political head of the Department.  His job is day-to-day management and non-political strategic planning and direction.

The Secretary General is the Accounting Officer.  He is responsible for safeguarding the funds under the control of the Department and for ensuring economy and efficiency in the running of the Department.

The role of Deputy Secretary General

The responsibilities of the Deputy Secretary General includes the criminal justice system, overseeing the aspects of the Department’s work which directly impacts on this system.


Management Board's role

The Secretary General is assisted by the Management  Board which she chairs.

The Management Board is a key element of the Department’s governance.  It plays a particular role in relation to issues affecting the wider Department and the Justice and Equality Sector, especially where issues cross organisational boundaries.  It does not affect the primary responsibility of each member of the Management Board for their functional area.

Management Board members are:

The Management Board has an important and central role in leading, directing and governing the Department of Justice and Equality and the wider justice and equality sector.  

The purpose of the Management Board is to provide strategic leadership, vision and direction to the Department’s staff and agencies; operating as a trusted advisor to the Minister; and ensuring effective and robust governance and oversight leading to a safer and fairer Ireland in which to live, work and do business.


Responsibilities of the Management Board: