Research Staff

Research Staff

Director of Research

Jill Donoghue

Jill Donoghue is Director of Research at the IIEA. She oversees all research programmes, projects and publications at the Institute and leads the research team. A former Director General of the Institute, she is also Vice President for Global Affairs.  She is a member of the board of Trinity College Dublin and of the Communicating Europe task force and served on the Committee for International Affairs at the Royal Irish Academy and on the board of the IIIS Sutherland Centre at Trinity College.  In a previous academic career, she lectured in NUIM, UCD, the Smurfit Business School and UL.
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.
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.
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.
Researcher (Development Matters, Global Europe)

Niamh Fallon

Niamh Fallon is a Researcher 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 (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.
Press Officer and Researcher (EU Affairs, YPN)

Darragh Moriarty

Darragh Moriarty works in both the IIEA’s Communications and Research teams. As Press Officer, he is responsible for promoting the Institute’s events and publications. He is also the point of contact for media queries and supports the IIEA’s outreach and public engagement efforts. As a Researcher, Darragh coordinates the EU Affairs speaker programme and Chairs the IIEA’s Young Professionals Network (YPN). He has been at the IIEA since October 2016, beginning as a Research Intern. He has also worked on the IIEA’s Geopolitics and Future of the EU27 programmes. Darragh holds an MA in International Relations and a BA in Arts (Politics and Geography), both from UCD.
Researcher (Climate and Energy)

Luke O’Callaghan-White

Luke O Callaghan-White leads research on Climate Change and Energy Policy at the IIEA. Prior to joining the IIEA, he worked as a policy analyst at the Toronto-based research organisation the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P). Luke holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from Trinity College Dublin.  
Researcher (Digital Policy)

Seamus Allen

Seamus Allen is a Researcher at the IIEA, specialising in Digital Policy. Prior to joining the IIEA, he worked for the Central Bank of Ireland as part of the Consumer Protection Policy team. Seamus hold a Masters in International Public Policy from University College Cork and holds a BA in Politics and History.
Researcher (Global Europe)

Alexander Conway

Alexander Conway is a Researcher for the Global Europe project at the IIEA. Prior to joining the Institute, he was an attaché at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris. He recently completed an M.A. in European Political and Governance Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges, and also holds an M.Phil. in Geographical Research from Cambridge University and a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from Trinity College Dublin.
Researcher (Global Europe)

Ross Fitzpatrick

Ross Fitzpatrick is a Researcher working on both the Foreign Policy programme and Global Europe project at the IIEA. Prior to joining the Institute, he was as an adviser at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in New York. He has also worked at the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and as a researcher with the Global Legal Action Network. Ross holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights from the National University of Ireland Galway and a B.A. in Classical Civilisation and French from Trinity College Dublin.
Researcher (Justice and Home Affairs)

Emily Binchy

Emily is the Justice and Home Affairs Researcher at the IIEA. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked as a funding specialist with Glanbia Ireland and as a Blue Book trainee with the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels.  She holds an LL.M. in Competition, Innovation and Trade Law from the London School of Economics, and a BLC with history from University College Dublin.  
Research Intern

Daire Lawlor

Daire Lawler is a Research Intern at the IIEA working on the IIEA’s economics research programme. Daire also currently serves as the President of Young Fine Gael, the youth wing of the Fine Gael party and is a member of the Fine Gael Executive Council, the party’s national executive. Prior to working at the IIEA, Daire worked in the office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in Washington, D.C., in State Street Corporation, and is an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Trinity College Dublin and was a recipient of the Trinity College Gold Medal for Academic Achievement, the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship and the Trinity College Entrance Exhibition Scholarship. In his spare time he enjoys reading, running, listening to music and singing.