European Commission appoints new Head of Representation in Ireland

Mr Gerard Kiely has been appointed as the new Head of the Commission Representation in Dublin. Mr Gerard Kiely will take up office as the new Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Ireland on 1 October 2016. He joined the European civil service in 1989, specialising in International Relations on Agriculture. In the Commission, Mr Kiely started as an official dealing with the international affairs of Agriculture. In 1991, he became Spokesperson for the Agriculture Commissioners Mr Ray Mac Sharry, Mr René Steichen and Mr Franz Fischler, staying in this post until 1999. He has then served, from 2000 to 2003, as Head of the Agriculture, Food Safety, Consumer Affairs and Fisheries Section of the EU Delegation in Washington, D.C. More recently, Mr Kiely occupied a series of managerial posts in the Directorate General for Agriculture, including over the last six years as Head of the Unit for Pre-Accession Assistance. The Commission has its Representations in all 28 EU Member States as well as Regional Offices in Barcelona, Belfast, Bonn, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Marseille, Milan, Munich and Wrocław. The Representations report to the Commission’s headquarters on significant developments in the Member States.