Dáil Éireann - Volume 416 - 03 March, 1992
Written Answers. - Posts in International Organisations.
Mr. Ryan Mr. Ryan
58. Mr. Ryan asked the Minister for Finance the steps, if any, he now proposes to co-ordinate the recruitment and promotion of Irish nationals in international organisations such as the United Nations and its related bodies; whether the original strategies agreed in 1985-87 have been maintained with the integration of the Department of the Public Service into his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Finance (Mr. B. Ahern) Bertie Ahern
Minister for Finance (Mr. B. Ahern): As the Deputy knows, it is Government policy to encourage and assist Irish applicants for posts in international organisations. The implementation of that policy was not affected when the Department of the Public Service merged with the Department of Finance in 1987. My Department now have primary responsibility for the implementation of Government policy in this regard.
Vacancy notices advertising posts in the institutions of the European Communities and other international organisations are circulated widely. Extensive oral and written advice is given to candidates for such posts. Interview and language training is given to candidates who have been short listed. When candidates have qualified for appointment, my Department liaise with Ireland's Permanent Representative to the European Communities to ensure their successful placement.
The position in relation to maintaining  and, where possible, increasing Ireland's representation in international organisations is closely monitored by my Department in close consultation with the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and other Departments where relevant.
Dáil Éireann 416 Written Answers. Posts in International Organisations.