Structure of the Department
The Department’s work covers a broad range of activities, and this is reflected in the nature of its structure. It comprises a Management Advisory Committee, which advises the Secretary General on the overall operation of the Department, the Offices of the Minister and Ministers of State, and 7 divisions. Each division is led by an Assistant Secretary or a Director, and is supported by technical advisors where relevant. Also within the Department is the Local Government Audit Service which is led by a Director of Audit.
The divisions are responsible for the following areas:
- Corporate and Business Support
- Local Government
- Water and Planning
- Met Éireann
The Department's overall mission is to pursue sustainable development by ensuring good quality housing in sustainable communities; protecting and improving water resources and the quality of drinking water; achieving a high quality environment with effective environmental protection; supporting democratic and responsive local government; promoting and supporting the development of communities and the community and voluntary Sector; ensuring that planning and building contributes to sustainable and balanced development; and monitoring, analysing and predicting Ireland's weather and climate.