Tipperary man Gerry Kiely appointed Head of EU Commission Representation in Dublin

Killenaule man Gerry Kiely will take up office as the new Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Ireland on 1 October 2016. He brings over thirty years of European and International affairs experience as well as strong communication skills to this post.

gerry-kiely-head-of-the-european-commissions-representation-in-irelandSpeaking in Dublin today, Gerry Kiely said: “I’m delighted to be appointed to this post after many years working for the Commission in Brussels. Keeping Ireland in touch with Brussels and making sure Brussels understands what is happening on the ground here is a highly motivating task, and I look forward to the challenge.”

Gerry joined the European civil service in 1989, specialising in International Relations on Agriculture. Previously he worked for eight years at the Irish Farmers’ Association, based first in Ireland, as an economist and Liaison Officer (1981–1984), and subsequently in Belgium as Director of the Association’s Brussels office (1984–1989).

In the Commission, Mr Kiely started as an official dealing with the international affairs of Agriculture. In 1991, he became Spokesperson for the Agriculture Commissioners Mr Ray Mac Sharry, Mr René Steichen and Mr Franz Fischler, staying in this post until 1999. He then served, from 2000 to 2003, as Head of the Agriculture, Food Safety, Consumer Affairs and Fisheries Section of the EU Delegation in Washington, D.C.

More recently, Mr Kiely occupied a series of managerial posts in the Directorate General for Agriculture, including over the last six years as Head of the Unit for Pre-Accession Assistance. Mr Kiely obtained his Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and his Degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin – both with Honours.

Barbara Nolan, who has been Head of Representation in Ireland since 2010, is returning to Commission Headquarters in Brussels to take up a management position dealing with  Education Policy.


The Commission has Representations in all 28 EU Member States as well as Regional Offices in Barcelona, Belfast, Bonn, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Marseille, Milan, Munich and Wroclaw. The Representations are the Commission’s eyes, ears and voice on the ground in all EU Member States. They interact with national authorities and stakeholders and inform the media and the public about EU policies. The Representations report to the Commission’s headquarters on significant developments in the Member States. Since the beginning of the Juncker Commission, Heads of Representations are appointed by the President and are his political representatives in the Member State to which they are posted.

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