All permanent and temporary posts are advertised in either/both the local newspaper, The Clare Champion/national paper The Irish Independent. In addition, most technical posts are also advertised on www.localgovernmentjobs.ie and specialist publications are also used to advertise certain vacancies. Application forms are available with the job advertisement or from the human resources department.
All permanent appointments are subject to receipt of satisfactory references and satisfactory medical examination from a registered medical practitioner. Qualifications of a candidate are also verified. Canvassing in any competition will disqualify. Employees may compete for any vacancy/promotion within the Council for which they satisfy the eligibility criteria.
Qualifications and particulars of office for individual posts are available from the Human Resources Department at all times. The upper age limit is set at sixty-five for the appointment to all officer posts. The holder of the post shall reside in the district in which his duties are to be performed or within a reasonable distance thereof.
Pursuant to article 8 of the Local Government (Appointment of Officers) Regulations, 1974 the Minister has given directions as follows:
- Selection of candidates for appointment shall be by means of an open competition based on an interview conducted by or on behalf of the local authority. The merits of candidates shall be assessed by reference to their suitability for appointment, general knowledge and intelligence with extra credit for educational qualifications and experience of value, if any.
- Where a local authority decides, subject to any conditions and limitations prescribed in directions given by the Minister from time to time, that certain vacant posts be filled by competition under Article 5 (e) of the Local Government (Appointment of Officers) Regulations, 1974 selection of candidates for appointment shall be based on an interview conducted by or on behalf of the local authority. The competition shall be confined to serving employees who have not less than two years satisfactory experience in a permanent and pensionable post of Clerical Officer or analogous post under a local authority, health board, vocational education committee in the State, regional technical college, the Dublin Institute of Technology, the General Medical Services (Payments) Board, St. James’s Hospital Board, Beaumont Hospital Board, An Bord Altranais, or the Local Government Computer Services Board.
- Panels may be formed on the basis of such interviews. Candidates whose names are on the panel and who satisfy the local authority that they possess the qualification declared for the post and that they are otherwise suitable for appointment, may within the life of the panel be appointed as appropriate vacancies arise. The life of the panel will not be more than one year reckoned from the date of the formation of the panel unless extended by the local authority.
The local authority shall require a person to whom an appointment is offered to take up such appointment within a period of not more than one month and if the person fails to take up the appointment within such period or such longer period as the local authority, in it's absolute discretion may determine, the local authority shall not appoint him/her.
Where a person who is not already a permanent employee of a local authority is appointed, the following provisions shall apply:
- there shall be a period after such appointment takes effect during which such person shall hold such employment on probation
- such period shall be one year but the Manager may at his/her discretion extend such period
- such person shall cease to hold such employment at the end of the period of probation unless during such period the Manager has certified that the service of such person is satisfactory
Persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority who are liable to pay the Class A rate of PRSI contributions will be required in respect of their superannuation to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 1.5% of their pensionable remuneration plus 3.5% of net pensionable remuneration (i.e. pensionable remuneration less twice the annual rate of social insurance old age contributory pension payable at the maximum rate to a person with no adult dependant or qualified children).
Persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority who are liable to pay the Class D rate of PRSI contributions will be required in respect of their superannuation to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 5% of their pensionable remuneration.
All persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority will be required in respect of the Local Government (Spouses and Children’s Contributory Pension) Scheme to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 1.5% of their pensionable remuneration in accordance with the terms of the Scheme.
The salary shall be fully inclusive and shall be as determined from time to time. The holder of the post shall pay to the local authority any fees or other monies (other than his inclusive salary) payable to or received by such holder by virtue of the post or in respect of services which are required by or under any enactment to perform.
For the purpose of satisfying the requirement as to health it will be necessary for successful candidates before being appointed to undergo at their expense a medical examination by a qualified medical practitioner to be nominated by the local authority. On taking up appointment the expense of the medical examination will be refunded to the candidates on production of receipt.
Page last updated: 21/01/09