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Secretary General Aidan O'Driscoll

Appointed: January 2015

Contact details for Secretary General’s office:

Telephone: 01 6072184 Email

Private Secretary: Siobhan Ball

Previous Positions:

  • Aidan O’Driscoll joined the Department of Agriculture and Food in 1977 as an Administrative Officer and was subsequently trained as a Policy Analyst in the Department of Finance. He has served in a variety of posts in DAFM including Chief Economist from 1995 to 2001 and Assistant Secretary General from 2001 to January 2015.
  • His most recent responsibilities as Assistant Secretary were for EU Affairs, Economics and Climate Change.
  • 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 IFAD1994 – 1995. He was Chairman of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 2000-2002

Education: University College, Dublin; Trinity College, Dublin, University of London (Wye).


BA (Hons) Economics and Politics, MSc Statistics/Policy Analyst, Post Grad Diploma in Environmental Management and MSc Strategic Management.