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Sunday 23 September 2018

Department of Agriculture Secretary General appointed to head up 'transformation' of Department of Justice

Aidan O'Driscoll, the new secretary general of the Department of Justice.
Aidan O'Driscoll, the new secretary general of the Department of Justice.
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

As part of the radical restructuring of the Department of Justice and Equality, Minister Charlie Flanagan T.D., today announced the appointment of a new Secretary General of the Department to lead the transformation process.

Mr. Aidan O’Driscoll, currently serving as Secretary General in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will be appointed Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality with effect from September 2018.

Mr. O’Driscoll has a distinguished career record at home and abroad, has worked in both the public and private sector, and has an MSc Strategic Management among his many qualifications.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D. commented “Aidan O’Driscoll is an accomplished career civil servant who has served as Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine since 2015. 

"It has been a great pleasure to work with him over the course of the last few years and he has given dedicated service to the Agriculture sector. 

"Along with his vast experience, he will bring with him a great deal of enthusiasm and energy, and I wish him all the best in his new and challenging role in the Department of Justice and Equality”.

Aidan O’Driscoll joined the civil service in 1977 as an Administrative Officer and subsequently trained as a Policy Analyst in the Department of Finance. He has served in a variety of posts in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine including Chief Economist from 1995 to 2001 and Assistant Secretary General from 2001 to January 2015 for EU Affairs, Economics and Climate Change. 

He was appointed Secretary General in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in January 2015. 

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He worked in Africa and Asia in variety of roles with FAO, Irish Aid and a private consulting company from 1985 to 1992 and served in the Irish Embassy, Rome as Agriculture Attaché / Deputy Rep to FAO, WFP and IFAD 1994 – 1995.

He was Chairman of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 2000-2002.  He has served as a member of the Civil Service Management Board since January 2015.

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