|Journal||Executive Committee Newsletter|
|Affiliation||Irish Congress of Trade Unions|
|Office location||30 Merrion Square, Dublin|
The union originated in 1890, when a Dublin branch of the Second Division Civil Servants' Association was founded. In 1918, it became the independent Association of Executive Officers of the Civil Service In 1931, it was renamed as the Civil Service Executive and Higher Officers' Association. The union was active in the Civil Service Federation and its successor, the Civil Service Alliance, but didn't affiliate to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions until 1969. In 1943, the union began publishing a monthly journal, Public Service Review.
The union's membership gradually grew, from 400 in 1922, to 894 by 1946, and 1,538 in 1970. In 1972, the union was again renamed, as the Civil Service Executive Association, then in 1974 it became the Civil Service Executive Union. Under the leadership of Dan Murphy, it embarked on a series of mergers, absorbing Cómhaltas Cána in 1979, the Administrative Officers' Association, the Association of Third Secretaries - Foreign Affairs, and the District Court Clerks - Provincial and Metropolitan in 1980, the Social Welfare Officers' Association in 1981, and the Irish Customs and Excise Union in 1989.
- 1949: Ben O'Quigley
- 1961: Dympna Headen
- 1964: Michael Magner
- 1968: Dan Murphy
- 2009: Tom Geraghty
- John B. Smethurst and Peter Carter, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, vol.6, p.375
- Tim O'Brien, Three unions merge to create new Fórsa ‘super union’ for public service workers, Irish Times, 20 November 2017.
- Gary Sweeny, In public service: a history of the Public Service Executive Union 1890-1990