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.
Acting Director General

Dr Donal de Buitléir

Dr Donal de Buitléir has been appointed as Acting Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs, effective from January 1st 2019. Donal is Chairman of the Low Pay Commission. He was a Board Member of the Health Services Executive 2005-09. Previously he worked in AIB Group and in the Irish public service. He was Secretary to the Commission on Taxation 1980-85. He was a member of a number of Government reviews in the areas of local government reform, integration of tax and welfare, business regulation, health funding and higher education. He is an Eisenhower Fellow.


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 SchoolDeputy Director of the Language Centre in UCDMember of the board for International relations of Royal Irish AcademyMember of the board of Communicating EuropeMember 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.
Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Joseph Curtin

Joseph Curtin is Senior Research Fellow with responsibility for climate change policy at IIEA. He is a Member of the Government’s Climate Change Advisory Council and an expert on climate mitigation policy, climate finance and international climate negotiations. He previously worked for the OECD evaluating the climate policy performance of countries across the world, for the National Economic and Social Council (an advisory body to the Irish Prime Minister) and at University College Cork. He is a prolific author of publications, working papers, reports, policy briefs and academic papers in top journals. He has contributed opinion and comment for the New York Times, the BBC, Foreign Policy, the Financial Times, the Atlantic, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, the Irish Times and many others. He has a PhD in climate finance from UCC, an MSc in political economy from LSE, London (summa cum laude), and a BA, Economics and Politics from Trinity College Dublin.
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.
Senior Researcher (Justice and Home Affairs, Development, Security)

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.
Senior Researcher (Future of the EU27)

Dr Róisín Smith

Róisín Smith is a Senior Researcher on the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Project. Prior to joining the IIEA, she worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Maynooth University.  She has taught courses on international political conflict, EU and UN peacebuilding, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, in Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University. She has worked on EU Horizon 2020 programmes and has also provided research and evaluation projects for NGOs in Ireland and Africa. Róisín holds a PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University Belfast and MA in International Relations from the University of Limerick.
Researcher (Foreign Policy, Brexit)

Sophie Andrews-McCarroll

Sophie Andrews-McCarroll is a Researcher working on the IIEA’s Brexit Programme and EU Foreign Policy programme. She is a graduate of European Studies in Trinity College, where she majored in German and minored in Russian. Her final year research focused on minority language rights in former Soviet countries. She is a former senior editor at The University Times, Trinity College Dublin.
Research Intern

Niamh Fallon

Niamh Fallon is a Research Intern at the IIEA. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in emergencies programme support with Plan International Ireland, a Dublin-based NGO. She recently completed an MA in International Relations at DCU, where she focused on identity in African politics. In addition to this, Niamh also holds an MA in Musicology and Performance and a Bachelor of Music Degree, both from Maynooth University. She is a classically trained musician and former leader of the Maynooth University orchestra.
Researcher (Future of the EU27)

Clare Gray

Clare Gray is a Researcher working on the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Project. Prior to this, she worked as a trainee in the Directorate-General for the Presidency of the European Parliament, where she was part of a team that provided administrative support to the Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group. She also worked with global communications consultancy Hanover and spent time as a Language Assistant at the University of Córdoba, Spain. She holds a BA in European Studies with French and Spanish from Trinity College Dublin.
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 (Digital Future, Germany)

Deirdre Ní Cheallacháin

Deirdre Ní Cheallacháin is the Digital Policy Researcher at the IIEA. Prior to joining the IIEA, she worked as Plus Market Coordinator at Airbnb EMEA Headquarters in Dublin.  She was previously Policy Officer at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg; prior to this she was a blue book Trainee in the Innovation Unit in DG EAC, European Commission. She was a DAAD  Researcher at Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Bonn  and was elected a Scholar of Trinity College Dublin. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, and a BA from Trinity College Dublin.
Researcher (Climate and Energy)

Luke O’Callaghan-White

Luke O Callaghan-White is a Research Intern at the IIEA, working on energy and climate policy. Prior to joining the IIEA, he worked as an analyst at the Toronto-based research organisation the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect. Luke has a B.A. in political science and geography from Trinity College Dublin. He also holds an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto
Researcher (Security and Defence, France)

Clodagh Quain

Clodagh Quain is the Security and Defence Researcher at the IIEA. Prior to joining the IIEA, she worked as an attaché for the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the OSCE in Vienna; prior to this she was a research assistant at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and Brussels, and a trainee at the EU Delegation for the Pacific in Fiji. Clodagh Quain was also a Pat Cox Fellow at the European Parliament. She holds an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges and a BA from University College Cork and Sciences Po, Paris.
Researcher (Economics)

Cillian Rossi

Cillian Rossi is the Economic Policy Researcher at the IIEA. Prior to joining the IIEA, he worked in Trinity College Dublin’s Global Relations Office and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. He holds an MEconSc in European Public Policy and Law from University College Dublin, and a BA in Classics and French from Trinity College Dublin.


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.
Senior Administrative Assistant and Database Manager

Lynn Fitzgerald

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Cox

CE Supervisor

Cathy Bermingham


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, developing a variety of multi-channel campaigns for their retail clients. 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.
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 (Future of the EU27)

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.
Creative Officer

Ellen O’Leary

Ellen is a member of the Creative Team at the IIEA. She is responsible for producing engaging print, digital content and emails for the IIEA. Ellen’s work includes designing reports, publications and presentations, as well as the design and development of content for web and social media such as info-graphics. Prior to joining the IIEA, Ellen worked as a graphic designer for a leading media company in Ireland. Ellen graduated with a first class honours B.A. degree in Interactive Multimedia from the Institute of Technology Tralee.


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.
Communications Manager

Darragh Moriarty

Darragh Moriarty is the IIEA’s Communications Manager (maternity cover). He is responsible for the implementation of the Institute’s communications and media strategy. He has been at the IIEA since October 2016 and previously had split responsibilities across the Institute’s Research and Communications teams. He continues to be responsible for the IIEA’s EU Affairs speaker programme and is the Chair of the IIEA’s Young Professionals’ Network (YPN). Before joining the IIEA, Darragh completed a placement 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.


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).


Head of Hospitality

Julie McDermott