Welcome to the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants (AHCPS)

The Association is a registered trade union affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. We represent over 3,000 senior civil servants and managers in the State sector.

Our members are key policy influencers and public service providers who have made a major contribution to Irish life and administrative, economic and social development since the foundation of the State.

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The Association represents over 3,000 senior civil servants and managers in the commercial and non-commercial State sector.

If you are an Assistant Principal Officer or Principal Officer and would like to join the AHCPS, apply now.

Current Vacancy – Industrial Relations Officer

The Association invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the full-time position of Industrial Relations Officer (IRO)

Candidates must be capable of:
• Representing and negotiating on behalf of the members at national, sectoral and local levels, on their terms and conditions of employment, and on professional, management and service-quality issues which impact on those members;
• Effectively contributing to the development of strategies and policies in particular in the areas of recruitment and social media
• protecting and enhancing the core interests of Association members.

Suitably qualified candidates will have proven negotiation, judgement and decision-making skills in an industrial relations context. Candidates should have a thorough understanding of public administration, and of current and emerging trends in public service modernisation, change management, social partnership and pay determination. Candidates must have managerial and organisation skills, communication, leadership and team working skills.

An attractive remuneration package, at the level of Civil Service Assistant Principal Officer (Higher Level), commensurate with experience, will be offered.

Full details of the duties of the post can be found here.

The application form can be found here.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5.15pm on Friday 28 April 2023.

Application forms should be sent to “Strictly Addressee Only” Ciaran Rohan, General Secretary, AHCPS, 12 Flemings Place, Dublin 4 D04 AO28.
Interested applicants are advised that this closing date will be strictly observed. Short-listing of candidates may apply, Canvassing will disqualify.

Become an AHCPS member today

Membership subscriptions are just 0.5% of basic salary

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Services to Members

In addition to gaining access to the effective negotiation and representation provided by the Association, AHCPS members can avail of a range of services including

Legal Disclaimer:
The Executive Committee and the Association accept no legal responsibility for the services provided to members under the various schemes and arrangements in operation.

Income Continuance Plan

AHCPS Income Continuance Plan

Even the healthiest person can suffer unexpected illness or, indeed, have a serious accident. This is why membership of the AHCPS Income Continuance Plan is so vital for many members, as it is designed to dovetail with public sector sick pay entitlements.

If you are a new member to the ICP or Transferring from the FORSA scheme you can access the ICP Application here.

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The policy is underwritten by Irish Life and the brokers are Cornmarket Group Financial Services Ltd. For more information on financial products and services offered to AHCPS members by Cornmarket log on to www.cornmarket.ie


Associate Membership

The Association provides associate membership to former members who retire or who are promoted to Assistant Secretary or higher and any other applicant the Executive Committee decides as appropriate. They are entitled to avail of many services to members with serving Associates eligible to continue coverage under the Income Continuance Plan.

Associate Membership Annual Subscriptions

Retired Members Life Cover Plan

All retired and retiring members of the AHCPS are eligible to apply to join the Group Life Retired Members Plan. Once accepted into the Retired Members’ Life Cover Plan it provides for the payment of a tax-free lump sum in the event of death after you retire. This Plan is designed and administered by Cornmarket Group Financial Service Ltd. and underwritten by Irish Life Assurance plc.

Retired Members Life Cover

  • AHCPS please click the above link to access the application form for Retired Members' Life Cover

Benefits of Joining

With over 75 years of experience, we can advise and support you through any work issue you might have.

We provide our members with effective negotiation and representation on matters pertaining to pay, employment and improving conditions.

Members receive expert legal advice and access to best-in-class financial services.

Enjoy exclusive discounts on a range of services.

Join Us. Become an AHCPS member today.