The Department has civil and military elements and was established by the Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924. The primary role of the civil element of the Department is to support the Minister as head of the Department and in particular to provide policy advice and support on Defence matters, including assistance with policy formulation and the implementation of policy as directed by the Minister.
Serving officer with Irish Defence Forces since 1996.
Operational tours of duty: Kosovo (KFOR) 2004 and 2007.
Member of operational planning team for Irish Defence Forces deployment to EUFOR Tchad/RCA.
Completed ESDC core course on SSR in Stadtschlaining 2010.
BA NUI Galway 2002
M Phil Cambridge 2006
PhD research candidate at European Institute, London School of Economics ongoing.