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Ambassador Barbara Cullinane 


Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU

Barbara Cullinane, from Mullingar, is Ireland’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union. Prior to taking up this post she was Director of Policy Coordination in the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, 2019-2021.  She was Director of Strategy, Governance and Change at the Department’s headquarters from 2017-2018, and served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland in London from 2012 to 2017.  She has covered Brexit and Northern Ireland issues, and also worked on multilateral affairs and international development at HQ and at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN in New York. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and UCD Smurfit School of Business. 


Entered the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs as a Third Secretary in 1997

November 2021  

Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU, Brussels

February 2019

Director of Policy Coordination, Office of the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs

September 2017

Director of Strategy, Governance and Change, HQ

September 2012

Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ireland, London

September 2009

Director of Thematic Policies and Special Programmes, HQ (Development Cooperation Division)

March 2009

European Correspondent, Headquarters (Political Division)

February 2007

Deputy Director, Conflict Resolution Unit, Headquarters (Political Division)

March 2006

Department of Finance, Dublin

July 1999

Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN, New York

August 1997

Headquarters (Political Division)


  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) – Trinity College Dublin, 1995
  • Masters in Management – UCD Smurfit School of Business, 2008