Noelle O Connell

Noelle has been the CEO of EM Ireland since April 2011 with overall responsibility for all governance, financial and operational matters of the organisation in growing its development as it works to further strengthen the connection between Ireland and Europe.

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In November 2020, Noelle was elected as a Vice-President of the board European Movement International. Noelle is also the official spokesperson for the organisation and has regularly presented in national and international media in addition to leading on a variety of national and international training, communications, education, outreach and citizen engagement programmes on behalf of EM Ireland. Prior to joining EM Ireland, she provided business development training, education and public affairs consultancy to a wide variety of both private and public sector clients including government bodies and in the third level sector including HEA, Fulbright Commission, Irish Research Councils.. She held management consultancy positions in Accenture; headed up the Training, Education and Business Development function of the Construction Industry Federation, and was formerly a Director on the Board of the semi state agency, Skillnets. Noelle previously worked on Business Development and Member relations for the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society in addition to working with Thea and on an Interreg Programme.

Noelle is also a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development, and International Leadership Fellow of the Society of St. George Windsor Castle, a member of the CIPD and the Institute of Directors of Ireland, a voluntary Board Director of Alliance Française Ireland and Chair of the UCC Dublin Alumni Chapter. In 2017, she was awarded the Chévalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite – awarded second highest national order of France by the President of the Republic of France for public service between Ireland and France. A qualified Coach, she holds a BA Hons in European Studies and Languages from UCC, DEUF diploma from Université Jean Moulin, Lyon III, France and an MSc in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh Scotland.

Dee McMahon

Chief Operations Officer

Dee joined EM Ireland in August 2023 and is the Chief Operations Officer. Dee directs and develops the organisations’ finance and operation agenda, reporting at board level as required.

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Dee is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience working in both the commercial and the not-for-profit sectors.
After qualifying as an accountant, she started her career in Bank of Ireland Finance as Management Accountant and then quickly moved back to commerce employed as a Financial Accountant for Ballsbridge Motors where she was promoted to Assistant General Manager. After 6 years she decided to do some voluntary work overseas with the aid agency GOAL and took a post as field Accountant in Darfur in Sudan but continued in the agency moving to Pakistan in 2005 after the earthquake, progressing to roving Financial Coordinator in 2006 and finally becoming Head of Logistics and Compliance for GOAL global in 2009.
In 2011 Dee set up DMM Consulting to provide accounting and business advice to start-up businesses, growing organisations and charities. During this time, she was one of the founding members of Cycle Against Suicide and helped create the inaugural cycle around Ireland raising awareness of mental health. Dee then moved to work full time in The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF), the fundraising charity for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital as Finance Director in 2016 where she led the finance and compliance teams as well as being company secretary. She was part of the leadership team on the merger between CMRF and Temple Street Foundation in 2019 and once completed Dee moved to The National Council for the Blind (NCBI) where she took up the position of CFO, heading up the finance function and managing all finances for the charity.
Dee is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, a voluntary board Director of Edmund Rice Development, an overseas development charity, and the proud winner of the Good Governance Awards in 2018.

Lorna Hayes

Lorna Hayes is an experienced researcher and advocate with 20 years experience working with leading international human rights and development organisations including Trocaire, Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders.

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During her career she has successfully designed and led research and campaigning strategies and presented her research findings to a range of audiences. She has managed country programmes in complex contexts such as Central America, Colombia and Myanmar and worked closely with civil society networks in all world regions. She has a proven track-record of engagement and advocacy with policy-makers at government and multilateral level. She enjoys swimming, travelling and trying food from different corners of the globe.

Rory Harte

Head of Strategy

Rory joined EM Ireland in December 2017, and leads on EM Ireland’s strategic planning, its ongoing engagement with community stakeholders, and its work combatting dis/misinformation. He works to ensure that EM Ireland’s work is targeted, evidence driven, ambitious, inclusive and credible.

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Rory has almost twenty years’ experience in high level communications consultancy, working in Ireland, the UK, Belgium and New Zealand. His main work has been in the area of behaviour-change communications, with a focus on public affairs, political engagement, social change, online extremism and disinformation. Rory holds a BA in Journalism and Media Communications, and an MSc in Cyberpsychology.

Aisling Brady

Head of Communications

Aisling is a communications professional with over twelve years’ experience in broadcast media and public relations having worked for Oireachtas TV, RTÉ and DCU.

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At Oireachtas TV she produced special programmes from the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Brexit, War in Ukraine, the European Green Deal and more. An alumnus of Fiontar in DCU, Aisling is also a fluent Gaeilgeoir.

Ciarán Murray

Head of Business Development

Ciarán joined EM Ireland in November 2017 as a Stagiaire, and is now Events and Business Development Manager. Ciarán manages EM Ireland’s events, while also leading on membership engagement and EM Ireland’s EU Jobs campaign.

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Prior to working at EM Ireland, Ciarán worked in banking and finance and as a Schuman Stagiaire in DG Finance in the European Parliament. Ciarán graduated from the Quinn School of Business, UCD with an Hons. Bachelor of Commerce International.

Elizabeth Moody

Elizabeth joined EM Ireland in August 2021 and is the organisation’s Education Manager. Elizabeth manages EM Ireland’s education portfolio including managing our flagship Blue Star Programme on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Additionally, she leads on our EU Jobs campaign, College of Europe, and partnerships with other education organisations.

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One of her highlights while working in EM Ireland was work on the MyEU50: the Ireland EU50 Youth Competition bringing together her experience of education programmes such as our flagship Blue Star Programme and her large-scale projects.

She is also involved in EM Ireland’s member events and stakeholder events on behalf of key stakeholders such as the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, applying her experience in the events industry. She gained experience in the events industry at Keynote PCO, MCI Dublin and the Shelbourne Hotel. She previously worked with the youth charity Irish Girl Guides and continues to volunteer with them.

She has a Bachelors degree in Event Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a Masters in International Management from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently studying at the National College of Ireland on their Non-Profit Management and Leadership Post-Graduate Certificate programme.

Matthew O'Neill

EU Information and Research Officer

Matt joined EM Ireland in May 2023. Prior to joining EM Ireland, Matt completed an interdisciplinary PhD in Politics and Technology. Matt’s research experience is within the areas of European Defence Policy, Technology and Artificial Intelligence and EU Institutions.

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Matt’s role at EM Ireland is to support the NGO’s ongoing research aims and goals, aiding the team with projects and on-going campaigns.

Before joining, Matt taught Contemporary European Politics and Policy at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP) at the Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB). Matt has also worked within Public Affairs, focusing on stakeholder engagement and political analysis.

A graduate of the Mitchell Institute at QUB Matt has published several articles and is the co-editor of the ‘The Irish Defence Forces and Contemporary Security’. He is currently working on his first monograph with Palgrave on the EU’s Digital Single Market.

Emma Rooney

PA & Engagement Officer

Emma joined EM Ireland in September 2022 as Policy Stagiaire and now works as EA for EM Ireland’s CEO and as Engagement Officer.

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Emma has a BA in French and International Studies and a MSc in International Public Policy from Queen’s University Belfast. She was a part of the Washington Ireland Program and an Intern at the World Bank. She is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and was a member of the UK Youth Parliament.

Muireann O'Shea

Communications Manager

Muireann joined EM Ireland in November 2020 as a Stagiaire and is now Communications Manager. Her role includes social media management and content creation. Muireann has worked on EM Ireland projects, including NasCSO, the Conference on the Future of Europe and the College of Europe application process.

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Muireann has a Bachelor’s degree in history and Politics and a Masters in Politics from UCD. She also spent a year as Editor of the UCD campus Student paper The College Tribune.

Carla Donohoe

Carla joined EMI in September 2023 as Policy Stagiaire, and is now Project Officer. Her role involves supporting EM Ireland’s work with stakeholders across the private and civil society sectors and coordinating national and transnational projects relevant to engagement and advocacy outputs.

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Carla has a BA in International Relations from DCU and recently graduated from the MA European Politics and Policy programme in UCD. Prior to joining EMI she interned in Brussels, working in the areas of European citizenship, youth engagement with the EU, and the promotion of civic engagement. 

Áine Gourley

Policy & Research Officer

Áine joined EMI in October 2023 and is EMI’s Policy and Research Officer. Áine supports the policy, research and advocacy outputs and monitors EU policy developments relevant to Ireland.

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Áine has a BA in European Studies from Trinity College and is fluent in French. She studied for one year at Sciences Po Grenoble in France as part of the Erasmus programme. She recently completed a Masters in Political Science at the College of Europe in Bruges, specialising in EU digital policy and environmental policy. Her thesis focused on a historical analysis of the EU’s energy policy. Prior to completing her MA, Áine worked for one and a half years in the European Parliament in Audiovisual Services. She worked in promotional activities, as well as the media library and has carried out various interviews with MEPs.

Mary O'Connell

Mary joined EM Ireland in January 2024 and is EMI’s Events Officer.

Working closely with the Head of Business Development, Mary primarily works on all preparation and management of our range of events. Mary works closely on events with key stakeholders such as Governmental Departments, EU Institutions and European organisations.

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Mary has a BA in English and History from UCC. She was elected as the Entertainment Officer for UCC’s Students Union in 2022 and was responsible for organising events for 24,000 UCC students. Prior to her time at UCCSU, she was an active member of the European Youth Parliament from 2017-2022 where she attended and organized conferences around Ireland and Europe. In 2021 she was elected as the Events Officer for EYP Ireland’s National Committee where she was the primary organiser of EYP Ireland’s Social and Events Operations.