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Public Sector

The public sector in Ireland covers a vast range of disciplines and diverse service sectors. In total, there in excess of 350,000 people employed in the public sector with approximately 60% of them engaged in the provision of health and education services across the country.

Public sector group

We have a long and proud history of representing those directly accountable to the people of Ireland. We understand the unique challenges and constraints under which those in the public sector operate. As one of Ireland’s largest law firms, we devote substantial resources to providing a one-stop shop for legal services and have a distinctively integrated cross-firm approach to our clients’ needs and projects. We have extensive experience working on behalf of State and semi-State bodies, agencies, local authorities, multiple Government departments and the health authorities. Michelle Ni Longain heads our public sector group. She brings considerable experience to bear on behalf of her public sector clients and is regarded as one of the country's leading employment, equality, administrative and freedom of information practitioners. Our public sector group also administers an extensive in-house training programme to ensure our clients are kept informed of important legislative developments affecting them. We also lecture externally to the public sector including Public Affairs Ireland and the Public Appointments Service.

Public sector services

Our public sector services group covers all the legal needs of the public sector including:

  • Employment, HR and industrial relations
  • Administrative law
  • Healthcare services
  • Property services
  • Projects/PPPs
  • Public procurement
  • Childcare and care of the elderly
  • Regulation and governance
  • Fitness to Practice 
  • Freedom of information/data protection
  • Medico legal
  • Litigation
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Competition and EU law
  • Finance
  • Construction
  • Pensions and employee benefits


ByrneWallace is ranked as a Tier 1 firm in the Public Sector chapter of Legal 500:

ByrneWallace has ‘an excellent understanding of the issues and culture within the public sector’ and ‘ranks as one of the top performers in this area.’ The firm advises a broad spread of clients across employment, infrastructure and administrative issues, but it is on the health side where the firm really shines, acting for the HSE, the Department of Health and Children and various hospitals and educational faculties.

ByrneWallace is also ranked in the Pensions & Employee Benefits chapter of Legal 500:

ByrneWallace has an ‘in-depth understanding of public sector issues’ and provides ‘invaluable insight that cannot be easily replaced’

THE TEAM      
Sinéad Kearney +353 1 691 5406 +353 1 691 5010
Michelle Ní Longáin +353 1 691 5662 +353 1 691 5010
Healthcare and social care are areas of strength at ByrneWallace, where Sinéad Kearney has been representing the... Legal 500 2017 - Public Sector view all related testimonials
ByrneWallace is well regarded for its work representing public sector entities in litigation and in relation to l... Legal 500 2016 - Public Sector view all related testimonials
The ‘excellent’ Michelle Ní Longáin heads ByrneWallace’s practice, which includes ‘health law expert’... Legal 500 2015 - Public Sector view all related testimonials
ByrneWallace is ‘a treasure trove of expertise’, with a practice spanning health services and healthcare, emp... Legal 500 2014 - Public Sector view all related testimonials
ByrneWallace divides its extensive public sector workload into two key divisions: health services, led by Sinead ... Legal 500 2013 - Public Sector view all related testimonials
ByrneWallace has ‘an excellent understanding of the issues and culture within the public sector’ and ‘ranks... Legal 500 2010 - Public Sector view all related testimonials