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Perm Rep Leadership Team

Permanent Representative leadership team, and career details

Permanent Representative: Declan Kelleher (Head of Mission)

Deputy Permanent Representative: Joe Hackett

Representative to Political and Security Committee: Noel White    

Permanent Representative Declan Kelleher

Ambassador Declan Kelleher

Welcome message from Ambassador Kelleher

Ambassador Declan Kelleher
Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU

Career History:

2004-13 Ambassador of Ireland to the People’s Republic of China and to Mongolia
2000-04  Ambassador, Representative of Ireland to the EU Political and Security
Committee, Brussels 
1998-2000  Deputy Political Director, Director for International Security Policy,
Department of Foreign Affairs 
1995-98  Counsellor, Head of Security Policy and Disarmament Section, Department of Foreign Affairs 
1991-95  First Secretary, Anglo–Irish Division, Department of Foreign Affairs 
1987-91  First Secretary(Press and Political/Congressional Affairs), Embassy of
Ireland to the USA, Washington DC 
1983-87  First Secretary, Political Division, Department of Foreign Affairs (European Correspondent: 1985 – 1987) 
1980-83  Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN, New York 
1977  Entered the Department of Foreign Affairs as Third Secretary. 

Prior to entering the foreign service, he worked in the private sector as an economic/financial analyst, specialising in global marine and oil industries.

Ambassador Joe Hackett

Ambassador Joe Hackett.

Ambassador Joe Hackett
Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU

Career History:

Born and raised in Dublin, Joe joined the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1995 and has since served in a variety of positions at HQ and Abroad.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union, he served as Permanent Representative to the EU's Political & Security Committee from 2013-2017.

He also has extensive experience of managing Ireland's bilateral relationship with the United States and engaging with our global Diaspora and international business community.

2017-present  Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU, Brussels
2013-2017 Ambassador to the EU Political and Security Committee, Brussels 
2012-2013 Director for North American Affairs, Dublin
2009-2013 Director of the Irish Abroad Unit and Global Irish Network, Dublin 
2007-2008 Director, Consular Affairs, Dublin
2004-2007  Political and Press Officer, Embassy of Ireland, Washington DC 
2001-2004  Private Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dublin 
2000-2001  Deputy Director, Sub-Saharan African Affairs, Dublin 
1998-2000  Vice-Consul, Consulate General of Ireland, Boston 
1995-1998  Political Officer, Anglo-Irish Division, Dublin and Belfast 

        

Ambassador Noel White

Ambassador Noel White

Ambassador Noel White
Representative to Political and Security Committee (PSC)

Career History:

2016-2017 Director, International Security Policy, Political Division, Dublin 
2012-2016 Ambassador of Ireland to Australia, Canberra (also accredited to New Zealand, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea
2010-2012 Director, Head of Press and Information, DFA Spokesperson, Dublin 
2009-2010 Political Administrator, EU General Secretariat of the Council, Brussels (Advisor to 'Reflection Group on Future of Europe', attached to Secretary General's Private Office)
2005-2009 Director, Development Cooperation Division, Dublin 
2001-2005 Director, Institutional Affairs; relations with European Parliament, Permanent Representation to the EU, Brussels.
2000-2001 Political Administration, EU General Secretariat of the Council, External Relations, Brussels 
1997-2000 First Secretary, EU Division, Dublin 
1994-1997

First Secretary (Common Foreign and Security Policy), Permanent Representation to the EU, Brussels

Deputy Permanent Representative, Western European Union, Brussels 

1992-1994 Assistant to the Deputy Permanent Representative(COREPER I), Permanent Representation to the EU, Brussels
1990-1992 Third Secretary, Press Office, Dublin 
1987-1990

Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy Luxembourg

Deputy Permanent Representative, Council of Europe, Strasbourg 

1985 Entered the Department of Foreign Affairs as Third Secretary EU Division/Anglo-Irish Division

Prior to entering the Foreign Service, he studied at Trinity College Dublin (B.A. Mod Legal Science) and at the King's Inns (Barrister-at-law) in Ireland.