Meet The Team

The EM Ireland office team is made up of the staff and stagiaires who run the organisation on a daily basis

from our offices on 8 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.

Noelle O Connell

Executive Director

Noelle was appointed Executive Director of European Movement Ireland in April 2011. Prior to leading European Movement Ireland,

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Noelle provided business development training, education and public affairs consultancy to a wide variety of both private and public sector clients. She held management consultancy positions in Accenture; headed up the Training, Education and Development function of the Construction Industry Federation, and was formerly a Director on the Board of Skillnets.
Noelle also has significant experience in the co-operative and third-level sectors. She holds an MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a BA Hons in European Studies and Languages from UCC. She is also a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development, a member of the CIPD and the Institute of Directors of Ireland, and a member of the Board of Alliance Française Ireland.

Shane O’Grady

Office Manager

Shane joined EM Ireland in February 2018. Shane has extensive experience in finance transformation and operations management

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having most recently worked in the Pharmaceutical sector for central European markets.

Prior to this Shane provided outsourced IT, Finance and Operations consultancy to SMEs throughout Ireland, developing and improving processes to drive growth and improve profitability. Shane graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Commerce (International) with German and has worked extensively in Germany and Austria.

Sharon Waters

Communications Manager

Sharon joined EM Ireland in October 2017. Sharon has extensive experience in political communications and has worked on a number of election

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and referendum campaigns, including as Communications Director of a campaign group during the second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. More recently, Sharon led Communications and Public Affairs for the Irish Refugee Council and was Press Officer for the newly established, Child and Family Agency.
Sharon has an LLB from Trinity College Dublin, a Master’s degree in politics from Queen’s University Belfast and a Diploma in Public Relations awarded by the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

Rory Harte

Future of Europe Project Manager

Rory joined European Movement Ireland in December 2017. He has over ten years’ experience in communications consultancy, working in the UK, Belgium

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and New Zealand with a focus on public affairs, political consultancy and social change communications. Most recently, while based in London, he worked with governmental clients in the UK, the EU and Africa on crucial issues facing society, including extremism, deforestation, migration, and tribalism. Prior to this, he led the European Green Party’s media team in Brussels, working closely with member parties in EU Member States and beyond.
Rory holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Visual Media Communications.

Ciarán Murray

Ciarán joined EM Ireland in November 2017 as Events Stagiaire and then took up the position as Events Officer, which includes assisting with the organisation’s Future of Europe project.

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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 a Bachelor of Commerce International Hons.

Ryan Levis

Programmes and Communications Officer

Ryan joined EM Ireland in September 2015, first completing a stage and then a Scholarship. Now as Programmes and Communications Officer, Ryan works closely with the Communications Manager

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 in designing and driving effective communications strategies for the organisation, as well as coordinating the organisation’s flagship educational initiative, The Blue Star Programme. Ryan has graduated from University College of Cork with a Masters in International Relations.

Sam Nariani

Policy and Brexit Research Officer

Sam joined EM Ireland in November 2016, first completing a stage and then a Policy and Research Scholarship with the organisation before undertaking his current role.

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Sam graduated with a Master’s degree in Human Geography at the University of Nottingham.
As Policy and Brexit Research Officer, Sam is responsible for the preparation of briefings on the latest developments in European politics, including detailed analysis of the Brexit negotiations. Sam also supports the organisation’s wider policy output through the drafting of various publications and communications material.

Niamh Casey

Dr. Garret FitzGerald Policy and Research Scholar

Niamh is Policy and Research Scholar at European Movement Ireland. She supports the drafting and publication of policy briefings on the latest developments in European politics,

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including the organisation’s ‘Just the Facts’ and ‘All EU Need To Know’ explainers. Niamh also provides support on EM Ireland’s ‘Grad Jobs in Europe’ campaign. She joined EM Ireland in January 2018 as Research and Events Stagiaire. Prior to her work with EM Ireland, Niamh worked in marketing and sales.
Niamh has a BA (Hons) in European Studies with Spanish and Italian from Trinity College Dublin.