Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke19th December 20192min

The Institute of International and European Affairs, a leading independent think-tank based in Dublin, Ireland, is seeking a full-time researcher for the research department. The main research area will focus on Digital future and this would cover issues such as: Digital Single Market, Privacy, Data Retention, Robotics, AI, Blockchain, Competition and the implication of digital policies for Financial Services, Health and other sectors. The researcher will report to the Director of Research as part of a research team.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter with the subject line ‘Digital Researcher’ to Fionnuala Keane at by Monday 20th December 2019. Applications will be processed on receipt and interviews will be on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please read Responsibilities, Requirements and Application details below.

The main responsibilities of this position include:

  • Tracking Policy actions and proposals in the policy areas. Knowledge of regulatory proposals at European and international level, and familiarity with emerging trends in the digital area and technology.
  • Providing regular briefing notes on developments in the policy area and contributing to publications/writing policy papers;
  • Tracking developments in the policy area by collating and analysing information on an ongoing basis.
  • Organising programme of keynote addresses and workshops with high-level policy makers and thought leaders as part of the IIEA’s events programme.
  • Liaising with group chair, members and minuting meetings


  • 1st class or high 2.1 post-graduate degree in related field such as European Studies, Law, Political Economy or Political Science
  • At least two years’ work experience in related field
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and efficiency
  • Ability to multitask and strong organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal with high-level dignitaries
  • Editing and proofing skills;

Application details:

  • This full-time position is available immediately. Please state your availability in your cover letter.
  • To apply please send a CV and covering letter with the subject line “Digital Policy Researcher – Application” to Fionnuala Keane at by close of business on Friday 20th December 2019.
Sarah Burke28th November 20192min

Professor Séamus Ó Cinnéide who died on 13 November was an early supporter of the Institute project and a contributor to its initial programme of Studies in European Union. In 1993, he edited a major study of Social Europe, addressing the social implications for Ireland of its membership of the European Community and, a year later, coordinated an Institute response to the Commission Green Paper on European Social Policy.

President Michael D. Higgins paid tribute to Séamus Ó Cinnéide, saying that “with his passing, applied Irish social studies have lost a founding champion.” President Higgins also noted his work, including his book ‘A Law For The Poor’ and his campaigning, most notably through the Kilkenny Conference.

At that Kilkenny Conference, in November 1971, Séamus presented a paper on The Extent of Poverty in Ireland which concluded that some twenty per cent of the Irish population lived in poverty.  This revelation led to immediate responses in academic, social and political circles. Further, a Labour Party paper, to which Séamus provided technical advice, led directly to action at the level of the European Community which Ireland joined in 1973. His proposal of a programme of pilot schemes to combat poverty was accepted by Dr Patrick Hillery, the first Irish member of the European Commission, and became part of his Social Action Programme in 1974.

This led to the establishment of the first Combat Poverty Committee, chaired by Sister Stanislaus Kennedy. Seamus was a member of the Committee – thirteen of the sixteen individual members of which had attended the Kilkenny Conference. Sister Stan noted this statistical fact in her final Committee report, commenting “thus the bridge from idea and discussion to action was created.”

Séamus Ó Cinnéide had a long and distinguished career in Maynooth University, as Professor of Applied Social Studies. Under his leadership the Department of Applied Social Studies has earned a high reputation for teaching, research and development in these areas, including, for a number of years, the EU sponsored Masters in European Social Policy Analysis. He also made a notable input to Irish social policy debate and action, in particular in the area of Child Care.

Tony Brown, IIEA Senior Fellow and Founding Member


Issue 73 of the Brexit Brief notes the current state of play in the Brexit debate and collates relevant news from Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU.
Sarah Burke23rd October 20191min

Issue 72 of the Brexit Brief notes the current state of play in the Brexit debate and collates relevant news from Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU.