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Larry O’ Connell

Director and Chief Officer of NESDO

Dr. Larry O’Connell is the Director of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). As senior economist in NESC, since 2007, he worked on a range of policy areas including Ireland’s transition to low-carbon and digital future; housing and land; climate change and sustainable development; higher education funding; and Ireland’s five part crisis.

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Anne-Marie McGauran

Policy Analyst

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

Senior Analyst

Dr. Cathal FitzGerald is Senior Analyst at NESC, specialising in economic policy and decision-making analysis.

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Damian Thomas

Senior Policy Analyst

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

Organisational Development & Strategy

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

Head of Corporate Affairs

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

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

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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Niamh Garvey

Senior Policy Analyst

Niamh Garvey joined NESC as Senior Policy Analyst in March 2021, with a focus on sustainable development. Niamh currently works on the Agriculture and Climate Action project.

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Noel Cahill


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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Corporate Affairs Department

Edna Jordan / Organisational Development & Strategy / / 00 353 1 8146391

Paula Hennelly / Office of the Director /

Steven Hanrahan / / 00353 1 814 6333

Gaye Malone / Head of Corporate Affairs /

Tracy Curran / / 00353 1 8146307

Sheila Clarke / / 00353 1 8146306

Ruth McCarthy / / 0035318146334