Prior to taking up duty in Scotland, Consul General Hanniffy served as Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, and before that as Deputy Director of the Department’s Economic Messaging Unit. He was previously posted at Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for Ireland’s engagement with the UN and other international organisations on issues relating to humanitarian emergency response, migration, health and development policy. Since joining the Irish Diplomatic Service in 2007, he has served in various capacities at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, including in the Department’s Political Division, in the Office of the Secretary General, and on secondment as a Policy Advisor to the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament).
Consul General Hanniffy is a native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. He was educated at Árdscoil na mBráithre in Clonmel and at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he later taught organic chemistry and served as a member of the University’s Governing Authority and Academic Council. He holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the National University of Ireland for research work on the synthesis of high-energy organic nitrogen compounds.