Staff

Senior Staff

President

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

Michael Collins

Michael assumed his position as Director General of the IIEA in November 2019. He served at the highest level in the Irish diplomatic service during a 45-year career. Michael most recently served as Irish Ambassador to Germany from 2013 to 2019 and prior to this, he served as Ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2013. In 2001 he was appointed Second Secretary General in the Department of An Taoiseach with responsibility for the Northern Ireland peace process, Anglo-Irish issues and EU and international issues. On retirement, he became the longest-serving diplomat in the history of the Irish foreign service.
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.
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.
Creative Director

Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke is head of Creative at the IIEA and leads the creative team. She has worked in the creative department of advertising for over 10 years. Before joining the IIEA, Sarah was self-employed working as a freelance creative for advertising and media agencies, developing some award winning campaigns along the way. Prior to this she worked in M+C Saatchi in Sydney Australia. Sarah graduated from the MSc in Advertising in Dublin Institute of Technology in 2009, achieving the gold medal for first place on the course. She graduated with a BA in Drama and Theatre studies with English from UCC in 2005.
Director of Finance

Janice Epstein

Membership Development Executive

Fiona O’Sullivan

Fiona is the Membership Development Executive at the Institute and is responsible for retention and growth of our corporate membership. Fiona has held a number of senior management positions in the high tech, pharmaceutical and HR sectors. She was Founder and Managing Director of Eureka, a leading HR communications agency which was acquired by TMP Worldwide in 2003. Fiona has served as Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Sonru and InterTrade Ireland and was Honorary Secretary for The Pharmaceutical Managers Association from 2012 – 2014. Fiona holds a BA in Marketing, a Diploma in Human Resources, a Certificate in Business and Executive Coaching and is a Certified Member of the IMI (Irish Mediation Institute).
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 (Brexit)

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.

Administration

Senior Administrative Assistant and Database Manager

Lynn Fitzgerald

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Cox

Communications

Press Officer and Researcher (EU Affairs, YPN)

Darragh Moriarty

Darragh Moriarty works in both the IIEA’s Communications and Research teams. As Press Officer, he is responsible for promoting the Institute’s events and publications. He is also the point of contact for media queries and supports the IIEA’s outreach and public engagement efforts. As a Researcher, Darragh coordinates the EU Affairs speaker programme and Chairs the IIEA’s Young Professionals Network (YPN). He has been at the IIEA since October 2016, beginning as a Research Intern. He has also worked on the IIEA’s Geopolitics and Future of the EU27 programmes. Darragh holds an MA in International Relations and a BA in Arts (Politics and Geography), both from UCD.
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.

Creative

Video Production Officer

Lorcan Mullally

Lorcan Mullally is a member of the Creative Team at the IIEA. He is responsible for all audio-visual and technical elements of the Institute’s event production work, including recording of the presentations and interviews, arranging photographic services and editing video packages for distribution online via Soundcloud, Youtube and Flickr. Lorcan has a MA in Journalism and Media Communications from GCD.
Creative Officer

Eimear O’Reilly

Eimear is a member of the Creative Team at the IIEA. She is responsible for producing engaging print and digital content for the IIEA. Eimear’s work includes the design and layout of publications, reports and other print material. She is also responsible for the design and development of content for web and social media, as well as leading the LinkedIn digital strategy for the Institute. Prior to joining the IIEA, Eimear worked as a Graphic Designer for a design agency in Cork. Eimear graduated with a B.A. degree in Visual Communications from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2017, winning Student of the Year.
Project Creative Officer

Mark Dempsey

Mark Dempsey is a Creative Officer working on the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Project. Prior to working at the IIEA Mark was Design Lead at a Digital Agency based in Dublin working across Graphic, User Interface and User Experience Design on small and medium sized web projects with organisations across Dublin. Previously Mark has held Digital Communications roles in Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Office and Yes Equality: The Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality. Mark holds a BA in Design from Limerick School of Art and Design.

Hospitality

Head of Hospitality

Julie McDermott