Tim O’Connor, Secretary General to the President of Ireland
Tim O’Connor has worked in the Irish Public Service since November, 1972. He entered the diplomatic service in 1979 when he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs. A large part of his career has been spent working on the Northern Ireland Peace Process. He was part of the Irish Government Negotiating Team for the Good Friday Agreement, was involved in the negotiations leading to the establishment of the new North/South structures arising from the Agreement and spent almost six years in Armagh (from 1999 to 20005) as the inaugural Joint Secretary of the North/South Ministerial Council. He has also served terms as Director of the Africa Unit and of the Human Rights Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs.
His foreign postings included the Embassies of Ireland in Bonn and Washington DC and most recently, from 2005-2007, he served as the Consul General of Ireland in New York, USA. He became Secretary General to the President in March, 2007.
Tim holds a BA and a HDip (Ed) from NUI Maynooth and honorary doctorates from NUI Maynooth (2005), Quinnipiac University (Connecticut, USA) (2007) and the University of Ulster (2009).
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