At a Glance...

This sector includes the transport of both people and goods by rail, road, water and air. It also includes any other activities like the warehousing of good and the supply and maintenance of vehicles.

If you want to get an idea of the size of this sector, then think of the amount of goods on the move every minute of every day, then the people who drive the trucks, buses and trains, fly the aircraft and sail the freight ships (Transport). Then consider the people in the background who organise, co-ordinate and timetable the swift transfer of goods from the point of origin to the destination point (Logistics).

Logistics is about organising, coordinating and timetabling the efficient transfer of goods from the point of origin, to their destination point. It is about the planning, implementation, and control of the physical movement of products to and from each part of the supply chain. Other aspects include the handling and storage of raw materials, semi-finished and finished products, from the point of origin to the end consumer in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Employment in this area is spread across transportation and storage, the retail and wholesale trade, manufacturing and construction.

Logistics is a 24/7 operation and supports all sectors of the economy both in terms of facilitating international trade and the movement of freight domestically.

Organisations may be third party logistics companies, others can be a mixture of logistics and warehousing or maybe a combination of own account operators, hazardous goods specialists, warehousing operators, and cold chain distributers. Other types of operations employing FTDL roles include freight forwarders, port operators, airfreight operators and rail operators.

Occupations in this sector are predominantly in transport, with some in the areas of storage, communications and wholesale and retail business. Modes of transport include road, rail, air and sea. As an island nation, Ireland is more heavily dependent on maritime transport than most other EU member states.

Sea Transport – Maritime transport services employ approximately 8,300 people, and 14,000 when other direct transport services are included.

Maritime transport is the motor that drives other maritime industries – it has three main aspects to it:

  • Shipping Services: Commercial activity of getting people and cargo from A to B
  • Marine Transport: Physical activity of getting people and cargo from A to B (maritime)
  • Ports & Maritime Logistics: Effective management of shipping and maritime transport activities from quay-to-quay and as part of a larger holistic supply chain management infrastructure

Air Transport  – As an island nation at the edge of Europe, air transport is crucial to Ireland’s economy. Air cargo is essential for getting our goods across to the market and for tourism to be able to connect with the rest of the world. This is a key aspect of our economic growth.

Road Transport – Road transport includes commercial trucking and road haulage, the most common use of trucks, as well as commuter transport services such as the Luas, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann and Iarnród Eireann.

Rail Transport – For over 100 years railroad transportation has moved both freight and passengers across Ireland. There are plans to encourage greater use of rail, as a more sustainable mode of transport. Goods transported by rail include raw materials such as ore and zinc, forestry products and consignments associated with the food and drink sector. Greater use of the rail network and the need for efficiencies to improve the intensity of use will, in turn, call for greater analytical capabilities from managers and planners.




Welcome to the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Ireland (CILT)


Today, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Ireland (CILT) is part of a global network from 30 countries with a membership base of over 30,000 people. CILT is represented throughout Ireland with its representation sections in the southern, western and eastern regions.

Presentations by topical industry professionals, site visits, seminars and conferences are all regular activities that build a dynamic CILT program.

If you are a professional involved in any form of Supply Chain Management, Logistics & Transport, or a student studying in these areas, You Really should be a Member, if you value your career, and your career development, it’s just too good an opportunity to miss!!!



Our Courses

The Institute acts as the Examining body on behalf of the Department of Transport and the Health & Safety Authority for certain transport activities. We also offer Certificate and Diploma courses in Transport & Logistics as well as specialised courses in specific transport areas.

Please choose from our range of Courses:

Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in Road Transport Operations Management

Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in Bus Passenger Transport Operations Management

Certificate in Logistics (CD-ROM)

Diploma in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (2 year course)



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About Us


The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport was established in 2011.  It has a key role in delivering highly critical aspects of Ireland’s economic activity including further development of our transport infrastructure and services and the support and enhancement of our significant tourism and sports sectors.

The Department’s Statement of Strategy 2015 – 2017 sets out the high-level goals and objectives agreed with the Minister.  You may also be interested in the list of Ministerial Priorities from 2016

The menus on the left provide further information about our Ministers, about the Department, its history and how it is managed.



Jobs in the department


The Public Appointments Service has primary responsibility for the selection of most staff for posts in the Civil Service.  These posts are subject to any Department of Finance policies on public sector numbers that are in operation at that time.

How do I get a job in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport?
Recruitment to General Service Civil Service grades (e.g. Clerical Officer, Administrative Officer) is made centrally through the Public Appointments Service(link is external).

Grades specific to the Department of Transport
Occasionally vacancies arise for grades specific to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.  For example, Radio Officers in the Irish Coast Guard.  Recruitment to these posts is also made through the Public Appointments Service.


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