Local Government Management Agency

Local Authority Graduate Recruitment Programme 2018 - APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

The Local Government sector in Ireland is made up of 31 Local Authorities and three Regional Assemblies. Local Authorities are the closest and most accessible form of Government to citizens. They have responsibility for delivery of a wide range of services in their local area with a focus on making cities, towns and countryside attractive places to live, work and invest. These services generally include housing; planning; infrastructure; environmental protection; and the provision of recreation and amenities and community infrastructure. Local Authorities also play a key role in supporting economic development and enterprise at a local level.

As the business, economic and social environment becomes more complex and demanding, there is an increasing need to ensure that a wider range of skills is available within each Local Authority. The sector is looking for people with the potential to take on high-level responsibilities for the delivery of public services and analysis of public policy issues to joining their 3 year Graduate Development Programme. 


The graduate opportunities will arise in the following 11 Local Authorities:

  • Carlow County Council
  • Cork County Council
  • Kildare County Council
  • Kilkenny County Council
  • Limerick City & County Council
  • Longford County Council
  • Meath County Council
  • Tipperary County Council
  • Waterford City & County Council
  • Wexford County Council
  • Wicklow County Council

Skills Areas:

Successful candidates will be graduates who have a relevant qualification and strong interest in any of the following six skills areas:

  1. Economic Enterprise and Business Development
  2. Project & Programme Management
  3. HR Management
  4. Communications and Marketing
  5. Data Analytics and data metrics
  6. Innovation, Strategy and Change Management

Terms & Conditions

Graduates who are successful at the final regional interview stage will be (subject to verification of the candidate’s results transcripts) be offered a three-year fixed term contract. The conditions of service for the graduate recruits will be as follows,

Salary - €29,637 (single point salary scale)
Annual leave – 24 days
Working hours – 37 hours net of lunch breaks


Remember to mention gradireland when contacting employers!