Public Affairs Ireland (PAI) was established in 2002. Since then, we have been a leading figure in Training and Development of the public sector. We also offer Bespoke Training, going out to individual organisations, assessing their needs, and creating a made-to-measure training plan. Our wealth of information is shared through our weekly updates and our blog, which features article contributions by many of the country’s leading figures in their sector. Every year, PAI also organises and hosts national conferences – both online and in-person.
Our in-person events take place in a Dublin City Centre location, either in a large conference room or suitably sized meeting space. Our event hosts of choice have the latest AV technology, Wi-Fi, and provide a comfortable air-conditioned learning environment.
Our mission is to foster, encourage and meet the need for a culture of continuous or lifelong learning in the public service in Ireland. PAI works with a public interest philosophy. We understand the constant pressure on public servants to achieve value for money and to become ever-more productive, efficient and effective in their work. It’s our 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.
In line with UN Sustainable Development Goals, Public Affairs Ireland, aims to run sustainable events, with environmental concerns and social responsibility at the forefront. We have strived for excellence in sustainable practices moving towards creating not just sustainable, but carbon neutral events.
Section 27 of the Disability Act 2005 requires the head of a public body to ensure that services provided and goods supplied to the public body are accessible to people with disabilities, unless that would not be practicable, would be too expensive, or would cause an unreasonable delay.
Public Affairs Ireland aims to run accessible events which can be attended by all its intended client base, considering their differing capabilities. Attendees’ abilities may be impaired, either permanently or temporarily, by various physical, intellectual, sensory, or mental health disabilities.
A large part of what PAI does is bring people together. At our training events and conferences, time is always allowed to let our attendees network and to discuss the information they are learning.
Public Affairs Ireland have applied the principles of the circular economy to our physical office workspace. Our goal is to reduce our carbon impact, protect our environment, and health.
We aim to reduce waste and improve sustainability in our ‘circular office’ through several measures, including procuring office furniture from a pre-used service provider, the incorporation of a compost and recycling bin service, replacing electric hand dryers with washable cloth towels, the using and re-using of assets, and by being creative about our work practices.
From an employee health and wellbeing perspective we have also ‘greened’ our offices incorporating indoor air-purifying plants with plenty of natural light.