Working Groups

  • Group: Future of the EU27
Group: Future of the EU27

About the group: This Expert Group examines the future of the EU27 and Ireland’s position therein, with a particular focus on the policy priorities emerging from the Bratislava Process, and strategic alliances for Ireland within the EU after Brexit. The group’s work is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Chair: Marie Cross

Marie Cross is a retired member of the Department of Foreign Affairs. In the course of her career she served in posts in New York, Washington Brussels and Bonn. She was ambassador to the Czech Republic and to Ukraine, and to the Political and Security Committee of the EU. Marie is a Board Member and Senior Fellow of the IIEA.

Researcher: Cian McCarthy

  • Group: UK
Group: UK

About the group: The UK Group has been at the heart of the IIEA work programme for over two decades, and is dedicated to analysing the UK’s policy towards the EU and its implications for Ireland, Britain and Europe. Since the UK’s EU referendum in June 2016, the group has focused on analysing the implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The group has published extensively, including three books: Britain’s European Question: The Issues for Ireland (1996); Blair’s Britain, England’s Europe: A View from Ireland (2000); and Britain and Europe: The Endgame – An Irish Perspective (2015).

Chair: Dáithí O’Ceallaigh

Bio of Chair: Dáithí O’Ceallaigh is a former Irish diplomat who served as Irish Ambassador in London from 2001-2007. He also served as Ambassador to the UN in Geneva (2007-2009), Ambassador to Finland and Estonia (1993-1998) and Consul General in New York (1987-1993). He was Director General of the IIEA from 2010 to 2013 and continues to Chair its UK Group. He is a former Chair of the Press Council of Ireland and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Researcher: Andrew Gilmore

  • Lecture Series: European Union Affairs
  • Group: France
  • Group: Germany
Lecture Series: European Union Affairs

The IIEA’s European Union Affairs lecture series monitors current political, institutional, and policy developments across the EU, and considers their implications for Ireland. The lecture series includes profiling and evaluating the priorities of each rotating Presidency, monitoring of national and European elections in the Member States, and analysis of policies across a wide range of domains, including trade, CAP and competition policy, among others.

Researcher: Cian McCarthy

Group: France

About the Group: This group analyses development in France’s European policy and its implications for the European Union and for Ireland. Of particular interest to the group are elections and other political developments in France, its relationship with Germany and other key partners, and France’s role in international organisations such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and NATO.

Chair: Joe Mulholland

Dr Joe Mulholland has held several senior positions at Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) including Editor of Current Affairs, Controller of Programmes, Director of News and Managing Director of Television. He served as Chairman of the News Section of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) 1993-7. He is a regular contributor to the French media including the daily, Le Monde.

Researcher: Susan Fogarty

Group: Germany

About the group: The Germany Group analyses current developments in German politics, the German economy and German society. A particular focus of the group is on how German domestic policy and economic debates will affect the European Union during and after Brexit.

Chair: Katherine Meenan

Katherine Meenan is a self-employed consultant on EU affairs. She has worked in Irish politics and industry and was special advisor to Dr Garret FitzGerald as Taoiseach. She was a member of the Secretariat of the European Peoples’ Party, acted as and advisor to John Bruton T.D., was a member of the Presidium of the Convention on the Future of Europe, and was a Consultant to the Joint European Affairs Committee of the Irish Parliament.

Researcher: Max Münchmeyer

  • Lecture Series: Economics and Finance
  • Group: Economic Governance
Lecture Series: Economics and Finance

The IIEA’s front of house Economics and Finance lecture series features high profile keynote addresses and seminars on a variety of important economic policy themes, including the future of Economic and Monetary Union, the macroeconomic implications of Brexit, regulation, economic governance and international political economy. Previous speakers include Jean Claude Trichet, then President of the European Central Bank (ECB); Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs; Lawrence Summers, Professor of Economics at Harvard University; and Wolfgang Münchau, Associate Editor of the Financial Times.

Group: Economic Governance

About the group: The IIEA’s Economic Governance Group is a private working group that meets regularly to discuss issues relating to economic governance in the European Union and its implications for Ireland. The group analyses developments in the Economic and Monetary Union, such as the establishment of the European Semester process of economic policy coordination.

Chair: Michael G. Tutty

Michael G. Tutty is a Member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. He was appointed as a Commissioner for Energy Regulation in 2004 and was appointed Chairman of the Commission for Energy Regulation in 2008. He was Vice President of the European Investment Bank from 2000 to 2004, immediately prior to which he served as Second Secretary General in the Department of Finance (Budget and Economic Division).

  • Group: Digital Future
Group: Digital Future

Group: Digital Future

About the group: The Digital Future group primarily focuses on the 16 key actions of the Digital Single Market agenda, such as data protection, copyright, the sharing economy and cybersecurity. It also focuses on key technological trends, including virtual reality, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

Chair: Joyce O’Connor

Joyce O’Connor was president of the National College of Ireland for fifteen years. She has also held the roles of Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Science, UCD and Head of the Department of Languages and Applied Social Studies at the University of Limerick, where she founded and directed the Social Research Centre. She is an Eisenhower Fellow.

Researcher: Neil Brady

  • Group: Energy Policy
Group: Energy Policy

Group: Energy Policy

About the group: The IIEA Energy Policy Group provides a unique forum for leading stakeholders to discuss key policy issues and emerging trends in energy. The group aims to stimulate informed debate and analysis of the major issues shaping the European energy landscape and Ireland’s place within it.

Chair: Alex White

Alex White is a former T.D. for Dublin South and served as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2014-2016, having previously served as Minister of State for Primary Care. He is currently a Councillor on the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council.

Researcher: Max Münchmeyer

  • Group: Security and Defence Policy
  • Group: Justice and Home Affairs
Group: Security and Defence Policy

About the Group: This group analyses developments in security and defence policy at European and international level and their implications for Ireland and Europe. Topics explored include the changing nature of security and the emergence of transnational threats such as cyber, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction, and the new comprehensive approach to such threats, incorporating diplomatic, military, development and other responses.

Chairs: Ben Tonra, Marie Cross, Patrick Keatinge

Professor Ben Tonra is Jean Monet Professor of European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy. He lectures in and researches European foreign, security and defence policy and Irish foreign policy at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations.

H.E. Marie Cross served as Irish Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the EU from 2006 to 2009. Her considerable diplomatic experience also includes the post of Ambassador to the Czech Republic and to Ukraine.

Professor Patrick Keatinge is Emeritus Associate Professor of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Keatinge is considered Ireland’s foremost authority on Irish and European foreign and security policy.

Researcher: Eóin O’Keeffe

Group: Justice and Home Affairs

About the group: The Justice and Home Affairs group examines priority issues for the European Union such as; Migration and Asylum, Counter-Terrorism, Data Protection, Post-Brexit Judicial Cooperation and Police Cooperation.

Chair: Nora Owen

Nora Owen is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Minister for Justice from 1994 to 1997 and Deputy Leader of Fine Gael from 1993 to 2001. In her time as Minister for Justice, she introduced the Criminal Assets Bureau and is a member of the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime. Ms Owen is Vice President of the IIEA and has Chaired the Justice and Home Affairs group since 2004.

Researcher: Eóin O’Keeffe

  • Group: Foreign Policy
  • Group: US Group
  • Group: China Group
Group: Foreign Policy

About the group: The IIEA Foreign Policy group analyses major questions of international relations and global governance. The group explores in particular EU relations with third countries, regional conflict and integration, the role of civil society, and developments in international organisations, such as the United Nations.

Chair: Pádraig Murphy

Pádraig Murphy is a distinguished former Irish Ambassador and is the Chair of the IIEA’s Foreign Policy Group. During his career with the Department of Foreign Affairs he was posted to Russia, Germany, Japan and Spain, among others, as well as serving as Political Director of the Department. He has also served as Special Representative dealing with frozen conflicts during Ireland’s presidency of the OSCE.

Researcher: Andrew Gilmore

Group: US Group

About the group: The IIEA’s US programme examines the following themes: transatlantic relations, US foreign policy shifts towards Russia and East Asia, and US foreign policy in the EU’s neighbourhood, specifically, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Chair: Noel Fahey

Noel Fahey is a distinguished former Irish Ambassador and is Chair of the IIEA’s US Group. During his time at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which began in 1974, he was posted to a number of positions including: Irish Ambassador to Germany from 1998-2002, Irish Ambassador to the US from 2002 to 2007 and Irish Ambassador to the Vatican from 2007 to 2012.

Researcher: Darragh Moriarty

Group: China Group

About the Group: This group examines the re-emergence of China on the world stage and the challenges and opportunities that this presents for Ireland, the European Union and the world. The focus of this group is on examining a wide range of policies including economic, political and socio-cultural, trade relations, domestic Chinese politics and China’s relationship with regional partners and the European Union through such organisations as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), ASEAN +3, the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the United Nations.

Chair: Ken Duggan

Ken Duggan is also Chairman of the Ireland China Institute, a think tank. He runs his own company, Chinaportal Consultancy, which is established as an experienced market leader in doing business in China.

  • Lecture Series: Development Matters
  • Group: Climate Change
Lecture Series: Development Matters

The theme of the 2017 IIEA and Irish Aid Development Matters Series is the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The implementation of the SDGs has both national and global dimensions. As the vision of Irish Aid continues to focus on empowering people to overcome poverty and hunger and these are the main themes of the 2017 programme.

The IIEA Development Matters series is kindly supported by Irish Aid.

Chair: Barry Andrews

Barry Andrews was appointed Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs starting in April 2017. Prior to his appointment at 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.

Researcher: Eóin O’Keeffe

Group: Climate Change

About the group: The IIEA Climate Group analyses major developments in Irish, EU and international climate policy. It explores in particular developments in climate finance, climate governance, climate equity issues, micro-grids and low carbon technologies, business models for renewable community energy, and climate-smart agriculture.

Chair: Prof. Owen Lewis

Prof. Owen Lewis is the former Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy Ireland, former Professor of Architectural Science and Director of the UCD Energy Research Group and Director of Innovation and Research & Development at Bord na Mona Plc. He serves as Chairman of the Irish Green Building Council and Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Royal Dublin Society among several other positions.

Researcher: Joseph Curtin