Public Affairs Ireland
PAI is a non-governmental body established with a view to fostering the highest standards and best practice in leadership and management in the public sector in Ireland. We provide practically focused training and publishing.
The main business of PAI Professional Development is in the development and provision of education and training courses for the public sector in Ireland. The education and training courses presented by PAI Professional Development are, in the main, orientated towards continuing staff and professional development.
Those who attend these courses and seminars tend to be middle-ranking civil and public servants many of whom are third-level graduates but all are experienced public officials. New courses and seminars are regularly introduced and existing courses are continually re-evaluated, updated and improved to best meet the needs of the public sector on an ongoing basis.
We contract with experts in their fields who bring a cutting edge to our courses and seminars not typically found elsewhere. Tutors are frequently senior partners in top legal, accounting and management advisory fields. We know you are busy people. We know you don't have a lot of time to spare and we therefore design our courses and seminars so that they are sharply focused and take only the minimum time required to cover the topic concerned. We don't believe in stretching out courses to fill the time available.
Delegates to our courses and seminars benefit from discussion and networking time with other delegates from the public sector, who have a similar set of professional interests and challenges.
We will always strive to ensure that the following aspects are provided:
professional conduct and integrity from all PAI staff
regular course observation, evaluation and review to ensure standards are maintained and improved
efficient administration and auxiliary services
excellent facilities for training/learning and study.
clearly structured courses that are appropriate to participants' needs
appropriate and effective teaching/training methods
regular assessments, reports and end-of-course assessment procedures leading to a certificate of attainment (where appropriate)
experienced and competent lecturers and trainers working under the supervision of an appropriately qualified course leader
maintenance of a learner-centred ethos through working in conjunction with learners
consultation and co-operation with stakeholders to tailor services to meet their needs
provision of VFM at all courses and seminars and assurance that the desired measurable outcomes are achieved.
Public Affairs Ireland (PAI) was established in 2
2. It consists of three main divisions, Education and Training, Publications and Conferences. Our purpose is to drive professional development and improvement through these different formats. We have an informal network of member organisations that in return for an annual subscription receive a number of services which are available throughout the member/subscriber organisation, including reduced prices to our education and training courses.
Three of our directors are former public officials and have some 7
years experience between them in the public service. We empathise with the values, ethical requirements and pressure to ensure value for money at all times in the modern public service. We operate in accordance with a public interest philosophy and are developing research and development skills aimed at providing cutting edge bespoke offerings which will have application in Ireland and abroad through a number of channels, including digital publishing and e-learning.
We recognise the constant pressure on public servants to achieve value for money and to become ever more productive, efficient and effective in their work. We aim to inspire and promote excellence across our customer base. Transforming public services is an ongoing exercise which will yield results if accompanied by appropriate and targeted training and other support services.
Member organisations receive significant benefits including organisation-wide distribution of the monthly Public Affairs Ireland journal and the weekly Oireachtas Update, reduced prices for training seminars, courses and conferences together with access to our archives of hundreds of relevant articles on issues about the public interest. Please click here to become a member organisation of our Public Affairs Ireland informal network.
Public Affairs Ireland operates from 25 Mountjoy Square, Dublin, one of the 42 surviving original buildings of the Mountjoy Square developed by the Gardiner Estate between 1793 and 1818. The main building retains original features such as the Portland stone floating stairs and arched recesses, as well as particularly fine plasterwork. Public Affairs Ireland is continuing the restoration work started by previous owners and is adapting the building to meet the needs of a state-of-the-art training centre. Facilities include 6 training rooms in the main building and a modern annex, breakout rooms, media rooms, cafeteria, restaurant, research facilities and library.
organisations across the civil and public service including bodies and agencies, education, health, local government and the voluntary sector.