Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade / Civil Service
Degree: LL.B. (ling. franc.), Trinity College; LL.M. International Law, University of Edinburgh; Barrister-at-Law
Following completion of my Masters in International Law, I worked in the Embassy of Ireland to the Netherlands for two years, as Liaison Officer for International Organisations. This involved representing Ireland at meetings of States Parties to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Criminal Court. I was then called to the Bar and practised as a Barrister before joining the Department as a Junior Diplomat.
I am currently working in the Legal Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I advise on legal matters relating to international treaties, development aid, passports and the provision of consular assistance to Irish citizens.
A significant highlight to date for me was working on Ireland’s Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2012. As desk officer for Central Asia, I participated in the OSCE Election Observation Mission to observe the 2011 presidential election in Kyrgyzstan. I was also particularly pleased to act as Liaison Officer for the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the OSCE Ministerial Council, which took place in Dublin in December 2012. The Ministerial Council was the largest ever ministerial meeting held in Ireland, with over fifty Ministers participating. On the eve of Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, the event was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Ireland’s strengths in multilateral diplomacy.
During Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013, I assisted in the Chairmanship of two Working Groups on public international law and the International Criminal Court. This was a fascinating opportunity to interact closely with the EU Member States and EU Institutions.
I thoroughly enjoy the diverse opportunities which a career in the Department offers, in particular the opportunity to promote Ireland in one of our overseas missions. It is a challenging but very rewarding job.