Senior Staff


Brendan Halligan

Brendan trained as an economist, graduating with a Masters Degree from University College Dublin, Ireland, in 1964. He subsequently worked in the public and private sectors as an economist before entering politics. In 1967 he became General Secretary of the Irish Labour Party. While in that post, the Prime Minister appointed him a member of the Senate in 1973. He was elected a member of Dáil Éireann (the Irish House of Representatives) in 1976 and later became a member of the European Parliament (1983/84) where he specialised in economic affairs and energy policy. He retired as General Secretary of the Labour Party in 1980 to become an economics lecturer and subsequently he set up a public affairs consultancy, which he manages. In 1985, the government appointed him as Chairman of the Irish Peat Development Authority, a state company responsible for the commercial exploitation of the country’s peat resources. He held office until 1995. He founded the Institute of International and European Affairs in 1990, an independent think tank of which he is currently the President. In 2007, Brendan was appointed Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, a state agency which is charged with promoting the production and use of sustainable energy in Ireland and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He has acted as a public affairs consultant to Irish and multi-national firms for the past twenty five years. He is also a Director of Mainstream Renewable Power.
Director General

Barry Andrews

Barry Andrews was appointed Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs starting in April 2017 replacing Tom Arnold. Prior to the IIEA, Barry was CEO of international NGO GOAL from November 2012 to November 2016. He was appointed Minister for Children by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen in May 2008 serving in that position as a member of cabinet until March 2011. Barry was called to the Irish Bar in 1997 and specialised in Children’s Law, practicing between 1997 to 2003 and 2011 to 2012.
Director of Administration

Fionnuala Keane

Fionnuala is the Director of Administration at the Institute and has over 15 years’ experience working in events and administration.  Prior to working in the Institute, she worked in the National Forum on Europe, RDC Communications and was Club Administrator and Events Manager at Old Belvedere RFC.  She holds a BA in Politics and Economics from UCD and Diplomas in Public Relations, Event Management and Employment Law.
Director of Finance

Janice Epstein

Director of Research

Jill Donoghue

Vice President for Global Affairs (2013 to present) Director of Research at the IIEA (1997 to present) Former Director General of the IIEA (2007-2009) Former lecturer in UCD, Maynooth, University of Limerick and the Smurfit Business School Deputy Director of the Language Centre in UCD Member of the board for International relations of Royal Irish Academy Member of the board of Communicating Europe Member of the advisory board of the IIIS
Deputy Director of Research

Andrew Gilmore

Andrew Gilmore is the Deputy Director of Research at the Institute of International and European Affairs, and an Associate Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). In his role at the IIEA, he is responsible for coordinating the work of the UK project group, in particular the IIEA’s extensive Brexit events and publications programme. He is a contributor to ongoing projects at the ECFR, focusing on Brexit, populism and European foreign policy. He is also responsible for the IIEA’s Foreign Policy, Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy programmes. He was previously the lead researcher for the IIEA’s Banking Union project group (2013-2015) and is the co-author and co-editor of the 2014 IIEA book Banking Union: Progress and Prospects.
Creative Director

Niall Matthews

Niall Matthews is head of digital and creative at the IIEA and leads the creative team. He has worked in marketing and design for over 17 years. Before joining the IIEA, Niall was self employed, working as a consultant helping startups and established businesses with their branding. Prior to this he worked as a design team lead in many high profile planning, engineering and architecture firms in Dublin. He also worked for many years as a lecturer in design. Niall graduated from the University of Ulster in 1999 with a BSc (Hons) in Technology & Design and more recently from DIT with a BSc (Hons) in Design, Innovation & Project Management. Other qualifications include an MA in Professional Design Practice and two further post-grad qualifications in marketing.
Communications Director

Hannah Deasy

Hannah is responsible for implementing the IIEA communications & media strategy and leads public engagement for the Future of the EU27 project. She also coordinates the IIEA Brexit Hub. Hannah has worked in Irish and European politics and advocacy for 8 years. She spent five years in Brussels working for the President of the Party of European Socialists and Social Democrats. On returning to Ireland, Hannah worked with Women for Election running training programmes for female candidates and building stakeholder support. Hannah has an MA in International Relations, and a BA (International) in History & Political Science, both from University College Dublin. She also holds a Diploma from Sciences Po Paris and a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University Montreal.

Research Staff

Senior Research Fellow

Joseph Curtin

Joseph Curtin is Senior Research Fellow with responsibility for climate change policy at IIEA. He is a Research Fellow at the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, and a Member of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council. He has worked for the OECD, publishing assessments of the climate policies of Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway and Israel, for Ireland’s National Economic and Social Council and for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. He has a research focus on US, European and Irish climate economics and policy, climate finance, energy efficiency, and climate smart agriculture. He is a regular contributor to national and international media on climate economics and policy, including the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, RTE, Time magazine, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and BBC World Service. He has presented at UN and OECD fora, as well as to Irish Parliamentary committees.
Chief Economist

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien is the IIEA Chief Economist. He is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin and a columnist and economics analyst for the Independent Newspaper group. For three years from mid-2010 Dan was economics editor of the Irish Times, analysing and commenting on a wide range of Irish, European and global issues. Prior to that he spent a dozen years, based in London and Geneva, as senior economist and editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, an arm of The Economist Newspaper Group. Dan has also worked for the European Commission and as a consultant for the United Nations and Forfas, an Irish government in-house think tank. During his career, in which he has lived and worked in seven European countries, Dan has commented frequently in the domestic and international media, for broadcasters such as CNN and the BBC and in print, for newspapers such as the International Herald Tribune and the Financial Times. His book “Ireland, Europe and the World: Writings on a New Century” was published in October 2009.
Researcher (Energy, Germany)

Max Muenchmeyer

Max is responsible for the Institute’s Energy and Germany working groups. A native of Düsseldorf, Germany, he holds an LLB degree in law and political science from Trinity College Dublin. He also holds an LLM degree in European Union law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining the IIEA, Max worked at the Secretariat of the World Energy Council in London.
Researcher (FOEU 27, Future of Europe Group and YPN Chair)

Cian McCarthy

Cian McCarthy is the Future of Europe Researcher at the IIEA. He coordinates the IIEA’s programme on the Future of the EU 27, and the European Perspectives forum. He is also Chair of the IIEA Young Professionals Network. Prior to joining the IIEA, he spent two years in Japan on the JET Programme. He holds a Masters Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin.
Researcher (Digital Future Group)

Neil Brady

Neil Brady is the IIEA Digital Policy researcher. His research programme is focused around key Digital Single Market issues, including data protection, optimisation of platforms and cybersecurity, as well as key technological trends, including virtual reality, IoT, artificial intelligence and quantum computing. He has a background in research and communications, and holds an MA in Politics and an MBS in Management and Organisation. Immediately prior to joining the IIEA, Neil worked as a media consultant with Irish aid agency GOAL. Before returning to Dublin in late 2014 he worked as a freelance journalist for two years with the Guardian, as well as Dublin based social-media new agency Storyful. He has also worked as a researcher at the Geary Institute, Dublin, as well as sustainability consultancy, Business in the Community Ireland.
Press Officer and Researcher (FOEU 27 project)

Darragh Moriarty

Darragh Moriarty is the IIEA’s Press Officer and he is also a Researcher. He is responsible for liaising with the media, handling press enquires and communicating the IIEA’s key messages. In his capacity as a Researcher, Darragh works on the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 and US programmes. Prior to joining the IIEA, Darragh spent 6 months in the Department of the Taoiseach’s EU Division as part of his MA in International Relations, which he completed in University College Dublin. He also completed his BA in Politics and Geography in UCD. Between his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Darragh spent 10 months in Spain where he taught English.
Researcher (Justice and Home Affairs, Security and Defence)

Eóin O’Keeffe

Eóin O’Keeffe is the IIEA’s Justice and Home Affairs, and Development Researcher. In particular, his work focuses on migration and asylum, borders and Schengen, counter-terrorism, data protection, and police and judicial cooperation. As part of the Development Matters Series, he focuses on making a tangible contribution the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by providing a forum to engage stakeholders in a critical discussion of the international development agenda. Before joining the IIEA, Eóin spent a year working for an NGO in Croatia working on European projects and two years in Poland working for Frontex as part of the executive support team. His work in Frontex was based around human rights, risk analysis and quality management. Eóin holds a NOHA Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Action from UCD, a Master’s Degree in Peace and International Development Studies from the University of Limerick and BA in Sociology and Classical Studies from UCD.
Researcher (Economics)

Ronan Ward

Ronan Ward is the economic policy researcher at the IIEA. In his capacity as researcher, Ronan organises the Economics and Finance Lecture Series, the Economists Group and the EU Economic Governance and Finance Group. He holds an LLM in European Union law and Public Policy and from University College Dublin and a BA in Economics, Politics and Law from Dublin City University.
Research Intern

Gemma Moynihan

Creative Staff

Creative Officer

Aisling Sinclair

Aisling is a member of the Creative Team at the IIEA. She works to create motion graphic videos for the IIEA website and conferences, designs infographics and produces ad-hoc graphic design for web and print. Aisling is a graphic designer and motion graphics animator who has spent the last few years working with Irish start-ups in the areas of events, branding and design. She was nominated for a European Youth Award for the start-up Doodledale which she co-founded in 2015. Aisling graduated received a first class honour in her B.Sc in Multimedia.
Creative Officer – Future of the EU27 Project

Dáire O’Driscoll

Dáire is a member of the creative team at the IIEA working on the Future of the EU 27 project. Dáire works to produce multimedia content as well as supporting the implementation of the public outreach strand of the project.  Prior to joining the IIEA Dáire worked as a graphic designer and web developer for a leading publication in Ireland. Dáire graduated with first class honours from an M.Sc. in Interactive Digital Media at Trinity College Dublin, where he also undertook his B.A. in German and Economics.
Video Production Officer

Lorcan Mullally

Administrative Staff

Senior Administrative Assistant and Database Manager

Lynn Fitzgerald

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Cox

CE Supervisor

Cathy Bermingham

Head of Hospitality

Julie McDermott