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Rory O’ Donnell

Director, NESC

Dr. Rory O’Donnell is Director of the National Economic and Social Council of Ireland (NESC).

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Anne-Marie McGauran

Policy Analyst NESC

Dr. Anne-Marie has a PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Her thesis compared the impact of the impact of government policies on women’s employment in France and Ireland.

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Cathal FitzGerald

Institutional Research Analyst (currently on secondment from the Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation)

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Catherine O’Brien

Accounts Department NESC

Catherine O’Brien joined the NESC in 1989 as Administrator, having previously worked in the Teachers Union of Ireland, ACC Bank. Prior to this she worked with the Community and Environment Department of Dublin City Council, where she held several positions.

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Damian Thomas

Senior Policy Analyst NESC

Dr. Damian Thomas joined the NESC in April 2010 having previously worked in the NCPP since 2002. Before joining the NCPP he worked as a Research Officer with the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants (AHCPS).

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Edna Jordan

Policy Analyst NESC

Edna Jordan joined the NESC in April 2010 having previously worked in the NCPP for over eight years. During this time she managed a range of projects and collaborative initiatives involving public and private sector organisation.

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Gaye Malone

Administrative Secretary NESC (Currently on Secondment to the Department of the Taoiseach)

Gaye Malone joined the NESC in April 2010, having previously worked with the NCPP over an eight-year period. During this time, Gaye was PA to the Executive Chairman and Director.

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Helen Johnston

Senior Policy Analyst NESC

Dr. Helen Johnston joined the NESC as Senior Social Policy Analyst in July 2007. Since then she has worked on issues of well-being and social reporting.

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Jeanne Moore

Policy Analyst NESC

Dr. Jeanne Moore primarily works on sustainable development projects in NESC, most recently on environmental policy integration, community engagement in wind energy and the role and future of environmental data.

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Larry O’ Connell

Senior Economist NESC

Dr. Larry O’Connell, is a Senior Economist at NESC. In 2013 he worked on Ireland’s Five Part Crisis, Five Years On, in particular in the areas of banking and finance, enterprise policy and greener economy.

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Noel Cahill

Economist NESC

Noel Cahill is an economist in the NESC Secretariat. His research has covered Irish economic development and a wide range of public policy areas including macroeconomic policy, housing and taxation.

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Paula Hennelly

Executive Secretary NESC

Paula Hennelly relocated from her native London to Dublin in 2001. Having worked for 10 years as Executive Secretary in the NESF, Paula joined the NESC when the bodies were amalgamated in April 2010.

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Richard Holland

Head of Administration NESDO

Richard Holland joined NESDO as Head of Administration in May 2014. For the previous two years he worked for the Convention on the Constitution and prior to that in a number of Divisions in the Department of the Taoiseach, including EU, International Affairs and Northern Ireland. As Head of Administration, Richard is responsible for the Finance, HR, Governance, IT and general administration functions of NESDO.

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Ruth McCarthy

NESDO Secretariat

Ruth McCarthy joined the NESC in April 2010, having previously worked in NESDO from June 2006.

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Sinéad Nic Coitir

Assistant Principal Officer (Higher), NESC (currently on secondment from Department of the Taoiseach)

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Sheila Clarke

Administrative Staff NESC

Sheila Clarke joined the NESC in January 2003 as Executive Secretary to the Director. Sheila was responsible for the day to day communications with the council and administration support to the Secretariat, until April 2010, before moving to a new role within the NESC.

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Tracy Curran

Accounts Department NESC

Tracy Curran joined the secretariat of the NESC in 1991. In her role in the Council Tracy provided secretarial/administrative support to the Council and staff up until 1999.

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