The Department of Defence is one of the government departments primarily concerned with ensuring the secure and stable environment necessary for economic growth and development.
The high level goal of the Defence organisation is:
The department is organised in four divisions, each of which is headed by an Assistant Secretary or Director who also oversees governance of the department:
Further information on management responsibilities can be found at whodoeswhat.gov.ie.
The Department of Defence operates in a highly regulated environment in discharging its responsibility for the administration and business of raising, training, organisation, maintenance, equipment, management, discipline, regulation and control according to law of the Defence Forces.
The Minister and the Department operate under the Ministers and Secretaries Acts, and the Public Service Management Act 1997. The Defence Act 1954 as amended, and Defence Force Regulations (DFRs) made under that Act, also govern the Department's work and the work of the Defence Forces. In addition, the military authorities issue Administrative Instructions in relation to personnel and other internal matters.
The Ombudsman (Defence Forces) Act 2004 provides for the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces. Subject to the terms of the Act, the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces may investigate complaints from serving and former members of the Defence Forces. The Ombudsman submits case reports to the Minister for Defence, along with associated recommendations for his / her determination. The Ombudsman publishes an Annual Report.
The Head Office of the Department of Defence is located in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The department also has offices in Galway, Dublin and Tipperary.
Here you will find a list of branches located in the offices of the Department of Defence.
Click the branch name to view details on the workings of that branch: