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 and Public Expenditure & Reform

 

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.

 

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 is the deputy member of the Economic and Financial Committee and the chair of the EPC output gap working group.  He is a member of the National Statistics Board and an adviser to the National Competitiveness Council.  He is the Irish member of the OECD’s Economic Policy Committee.  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. He serves as Ireland’s representative on the Board of Directors of the European Stability Mechanism and on the Board of Directors of the European Financial Stability Facility. He chairs the Department’s EU Strategy Committee, which draws together EU policy issues across the Department.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Des Carville, Department of Finance, Head of Unit

Des Carville is head of the Shareholding & Financial Advisory Division (SFAD) which is responsible for the completion of the restructuring of the banking system and managing the State’s shareholdings and investments in the banking sector. The SFAD is also responsible for the management of the Minister’s shareholding in the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and the Division represents the Minister’s interests in relation to the oversight of NAMA.  This Division is also responsible for representing the Minister’s interests in relation to the liquidation of IBRC and has policy oversight for the Credit Union sector. The Division also provides financial advisory services to the Department. He previously worked for Davy Corporate Finance and KPMG. He is a member of the 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.

 

Michael McGrath, Department of Finance, Assistant Secretary

 

Mary McSharry, Principal Officer

Mary McSharry is Head of the Corporate Office and is the Department’s contact with the Standards in Public Office Commission.

 

Stephen Lynam,  Department of Finance

Special Adviser to the Minister for Finance.

 

Deborah Sweeney, Department of Finance

Special Adviser to the Minister for Finance.

 

 

 

Guidance

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 www.lobbying.ie .  Further information may also be obtained by contacting the Standards Commission at info@lobbying.ie or at 01-6395722.