John Murphy was appointed Secretary General of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on 23 November 2011.
He was previously an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, with responsibility for Transport Investment, Public Transport and Finance from June 2010. Prior to that, he was Assistant Secretary for Civil Aviation from January 2005. From January 2009, Mr Murphy also had responsibility for HR and accommodation issues for the Department. Prior to 2005, Mr Murphy was Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Road Transport issues. Mr Murphy was formerly Assistant Secretary for Roads in the Department of the Environment and Local Government and transferred to the Dept of Transport on its establishment in 2002.
Mr Murphy joined the Civil Service in 1976 and has served in the:
• Department of Labour, 1976-1988 (various posts in Personnel and Finance Units and as Private Secretary to Secretary General, and Minister of State);
• Office of the Revenue Commissioners 1988 (Industrial Relations);
• Department of Finance 1988-1996 (various middle management posts in Finance Division incl. EU Structural Funds, Debt Management, Exchange Rate Policy, Alternate to EU Monetary Committee and Preparation for EMU);
• Department of the Environment and Local Government 1996-2002 (senior management posts: Head of Housing Policy and Finance; Assistant Secretary Roads) and
• Department of Transport 2002 to Nov 2011 (Assistant Secretary, Road Transport 2002-2004; Civil Aviation Jan 2005 to June 2010; Transport Investment, Public Transport and Finance June 2010 to Nov 2011).
Mr Murphy holds an MSc (Econ) in public Policy Studies from University of Dublin (Trinity College), a BA in History and Politics from University College Dublin, and a Diploma in Public Administration from the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin.
Mr Murphy has been an Associate Lecturer with the Institute of Public Administration, teaching on primary and masters’ programmes, Trinity College Dublin, University College Galway and the National College of Industrial Relations, Dublin.
Married with three children, his interests include drama, and sport.
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