As founder and CEO of Vulcan Consulting I am responsible for day to day operations, client relationship management, growing our business and ensuring that our clients receive a top class service across a range of sectors. I split my time between our offices in Dublin and Brussels and regularly travel for conferences and client meetings in other parts of Europe, as well as the United States.
I am a lawyer and barrister by training, but gave up practice in order to pursue a career in elected politics. I spent several years serving as a City Councillor, a Member of the Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann) and ultimately as Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs. I served as Vice President of the European People’s Party and was the founding Chair of the EPP’s group of European Affair’s Ministers. In 2016 I founded Vulcan Consulting and in 2019 opened our Brussels office.
My Proudest Achievements
My proudest achievement was contributing to the rebuilding of Ireland’s international reputation and domestic economy after a previous government led Ireland into an IMF/EU bailout programme in 2010. We exited the IMF plan in December 2013.
- LLB, Trinity College Dublin
- New York Bar
- The Bar of Ireland
English and Irish.
My Interests outside work
I play a variety of sports and have competed in volleyball, tennis and hockey. My passion is for horses and I compete at an amateur level in show jumping. I jumped in my first show aged 4. I now serve mainly as a groom to my three children and their ponies (!), although I still compete on my own horse for fun.