Ireland: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD


 Mr. Dermot Nolan




Ambassador Dermot Nolan took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Ireland to the OECD on 14 September 2016.


Mr. Nolan was born in Ireland in 1963 and holds a degree in History from Trinity College in Dublin. Mr. Nolan joined the Department of Finance in 1984 where he worked on industrial relations, public service pay and superannuation, and capital taxation.


Throughout his career Mr. Nolan held a number of high-ranking positions: from 1992 to 1997, he was responsible for the Treasury oversight of Defence expenditure; from 1997 to 2005, he managed the Department of Finance’s involvement in the European Union negotiations on the EU Budget, the EU Financial Perspective 2000-2006 and 2007-2013, as well as the EU’s structural funds and the financial and taxation aspects of the Treaty of Nice.


From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Nolan supervised the management of the Ecofin section of the Department of Finance and the Ecofin aspects of the 2004 Irish Presidency; from 2005 to 2011, he was responsible for managing the capital investment planning, including the policy for the Exchequer and State Company and Public/Private Partnership investment in public infrastructure.


From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Nolan was also responsible for managing EU-funded co-operation with Northern Ireland; from 2011 to 2014, he worked in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform overseeing expenditure on education and labour activation, including the management of Ireland’s engagement with the IMF/EU/ECB troika on education expenditure and labour activation issues and representing Ireland on labour activation issues during the 2013 OECD Review of the Irish economy.


From 2014, until his appointment as Permanent Representative of Ireland to the OECD, Mr. Nolan served as Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.


OECD work with Ireland 

Website for the Delegation of Ireland to the OECD



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