Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 - Designated Public Officials


The Department of Finance “Designated Public Officials” in accordance with Section 6(4) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 are set out below.  The name, grade and brief details of the role and responsibilities of each of our “Designated Public Officials” is given below.


Paschal Donohoe T.D. Minister for Finance


Michael D’Arcy T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance


Derek Moran,

Department of Finance, Secretary General

Derek Moran is Secretary General of the Department of Finance having previously been the Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Fiscal Policy Division.  He is responsible for economic, budgetary and fiscal, banking and financial service policy matters and oversight of Ireland's investments in and support for covered banks.  He has served on the National Economic and Social Council, National Statistics Board and the EU’s Economic Policy and Tax Policy Committees.


Aidan Carrigan,

Department of Finance, Assistant Secretary

Aidan Carrigan holds the position of Assistant Secretary General, Financial Services Division, at the Department of Finance.  He leads a team responsible for financial services policy and managing the EU and national legislative programmes on financial services and holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee of the European Council. Aidan is also responsible for oversight of and the framework for relations with the Central Bank. In recent years he has been involved in the management of the bank restructuring and recapitalization programmes and he led the team which established NAMA. He previously held senior management positions in the Department of Finance and in the Department of Justice. He holds a Trinity College degree in Administrative Science and an ACCA Diploma in Finance and Accounting.


John Hogan,

Department of Finance, Assistant Secretary

John Hogan is the Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Tax policy. He is responsible for the development of efficient and effective taxation policies. John has held a number of positions in the Department throughout his career to date, he was previously Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for for Banking Policy in the Financial Services Division of the Department. He has worked as Financial Services Counsellor in the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union and has held posts in a number of Government Departments.


Des Carville, 

Department of Finance, Head of Unit

Des Carville is head of the Shareholder Management Unit which is responsible for the completion of the restructuring of the banking system and managing the State’s shareholding in the banks. He previously worked for Davy Corporate Finance and KPMG. He is a member Chartered Accountants Ireland (FCA) and the Institute of Bankers.


Paul Ryan,

Department of Finance, Director

Paul Ryan is a Director with responsibility for Ireland’s relationship with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and climate change issues.  The IFIs include the IMF, World Bank, EIB, EBRD, ADB and CEB.  He is also responsible for Civil Service-wide Shared Services for Payroll and Banking.  Previously, he worked in the Finance & Corporate Directorate, tax policy and financial services.  He has also worked in a number of other Departments including Education & Science and Environment & Local Government.


John McCarthy,

Department of Finance, Assistant Secretary

John McCarthy is an Assistant Secretary General and as Chief Economist has responsibility for Economic Policy Division. He was previously a senior economist in the Department heading up the macro economic analysis unit. He has worked in the Department on domestic economic and fiscal policy issues. He was deputy member of the Economic and Financial Committee for a number of years. Prior to joining the Department, he was a senior economist in the Central Bank.


Nicholas O'Brien, 

Department of Finance, Assistant Secretary

Nicholas O’Brien is the Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for International and EU Division.  He has extensive international and EU experience, having served in the European Commission, Consul General of Ireland in Shanghai and as Deputy Head of Mission at the Irish Embassy in Berlin.  He is Ireland’s representative on the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee and on the Eurogroup Working Group.  Nicholas is the Alternate Governor for Ireland on the ESM Board and also serves as the Director for Ireland on it and the Board of the EFSF.  He chairs the Department’s EU Strategy Committee, which draws together EU policy issues across the Department.


Gary Tobin,

Department of Finance, Assistant Secretary

Gary Tobin is the Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Banking and Financial Stability. He was previously Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Tax Policy. He has served on the EU Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation, the OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs and the EU Economic Policy Committee. During the 2013 Irish EU Presidency he chaired meetings of the EU Council Working Group on Direct Tax Questions. He is a member of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) and has published articles on tax policy in the Economic and Social Review, the Irish Tax Review and the European Commission’s European Economy Journal. Gary holds primary and master’s degrees in Economics from University College Dublin and a Diploma in Tax Policy from the Irish Taxation Institute. He is a committee member of the Irish chapter of the International Fiscal Association.


Stephen Lynam, 

Special Adviser to the Minister for Finance.


Deborah Sweeney

Special Adviser to the Minister for Finance.


Derek Tierney, Department of Finance, Nominated Official to liaise with the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO)


The Standards Commission has a role under the legislation to issue guidance and information and to promote an understanding of the legislation.  The Standards Commission, in co-operation with the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, has published guidance on the Regulation of Lobbying Act for Designated Public Officials.

Further information regarding the legislation and further guidance on the Act is available on the Regulation of Lobbying website at .  Further information may also be obtained by contacting the Standards Commission at or at 01-6395722.