Secretary General of the Department of Health

Jim Breslin was appointed Secretary General of the Department of Health on 10 September 2014.

Before being appointed Secretary General of the Department of Health, Jim Breslin was the first Secretary General of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, which was established in July 2011.

As well as providing administrative leadership, he contributed to the major reform of legislation, policy and services in the area, including the establishment of the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), the publication of The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020 “Better Outcomes Brighter Futures”, placing Children First on a statutory basis through the Children First Bill 2014, the redevelopment of Oberstown Children’s Detention School so as to facilitate the transfer of responsibility for all children under 18 years and the roll-out of the Area Based Childhood programme to tackle child poverty in communities with greatest disadvantage.

He has considerable senior management experience across both Government Departments and the health service. He has worked previously in the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive, the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the Department of Finance.

He holds two masters degrees in public administration; one from the Institute of Public Administration/Trinity College Dublin and another from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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