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Office of the Permanent Secretary

The main functions of the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security are the preservation of peace, order and security in the country; the administration of justice; the provision of legal services to the Administration; the management of immigration and asylum-related issues; and civil protection. Other areas forming part of the Ministry’s portfolio include correctional services, aviation security and data protection.

The Permanent Secretary is responsible, generally, for the overall coordination of the activities of the respective line departments, agencies and entities that together execute the aforementioned functions and contribute to the effective fulfilment of the Ministry’s and Government’s objectives in this regard.
More specifically, the Permanent Secretary, through his Office:

     Provides support and advice to the Minister and strategic leadership to the departments/agencies/entities forming part of the Ministry’s portfolio.
     Identifies relevant objectives and goals and develops well-defined and implementable policies to enable achievement. 
     Coordinates and oversees the operations of line departments/agencies/entities to ensure efficient and effective task implementation that conforms to established budgets and timelines.
     Ensures that the Ministry is adequately represented in all relevant EU formations and working parties with a view to safeguarding Malta’s best interests.
     Seeks to maximise opportunities available under EU funding programmes in those areas relevant to the Ministry.

Permanent Secretary
Mr Kevin Mahoney

Mr Kevin Mahoney was born at Sliema on the 26th May 1962.  He received his secondary education at St Joseph's Secondary, Paola and obtained a B.A.(Hons) degree in Public Administration from the University of Malta in 1985.

He joined the Public Service as an Administrative Officer in 1986 and was posted at the Electoral Office as officer in charge of the Department.  He was also appointed Secretary to the Electoral Commission.  In 1989 he was posted for a short period of time at the Inland Revenue Department and in the same year was eventually deployed with the Notary to Government Department as Head of administration, finance and human resources.  He was appointed Assistant Court Registrar in 1994.  In 2001 he was appointed Director/Registrar of the Civil Courts and Civil Tribunals.  In 2007 he was promoted to Director General at the Courts of Justice and national delegate on the Council of the European Union working party on eJustice.  In 2013 he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security.


Contact Information:

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Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement
201, Strait Street
Valletta VLT 2000
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2568 9000 

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2568 9350
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