Who We Are

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Finance website. 

The website has been set up to provide regular updates on the work of the Department and to highlight the major policy initiatives currently under its remit. 

The Department of Finance is anxious, at all times, to maintain its website to the highest standards and you, the users have your part to play in this regard. We particularly welcome your suggestions about the website’s content and presentation. 

I hope that you will find your visit to our website informative. 

Paschal Donohoe, TD 
Minister for Finance 
E-Mail Minister@finance.gov.ie

Our People

Paschal Donohoe TD

Minister for Finance

Ministerial Office

Department of Finance
Upper Merrion Street
Dublin 2 D02 R583
Ph: +353 1 6767571

Paschal is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central and in June 2017 was appointed as the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform.

Prior to his appointment as the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, he served, from May 2016-June 2017, as the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, and from July 2014-May 2016, as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Paschal has also held the position of Minister for European Affairs at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs from July 2013-July 2014.

He was elected as a TD in February 2011, where he topped the poll in Dublin Central. Prior to his election, he was a member of Seanad Éireann from 2007 to 2011. He served as member of Dublin City Council from 2004 to 2007.

Paschal was formerly the Chair of Ireland’s Future in Europe Oireachtas Sub-Committee, as well as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee and, as a Senator, he served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport.

During his time as member of Dublin City Council, Paschal served as Chair of the Environment & Engineering Strategic Policy Committee, as a member of the Corporate Policy Group and also as Chairman of the Central Area Committee.

Paschal is a graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College, with a degree in Politics and Economics and has attended St. Declan’s CBS, Cabra.


Minister Donohoe's introduction video

Minister Donohoe's Brief


Michael Darcy TD

Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance

Ministerial Office

Department of Finance
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2 D02 R583
Ph. +353 (01) 6767571

Michael D’Arcy is Fine Gael TD for Wexford and in June 2017 was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance.   He is a member of the Cabinet Committee on Economy, Trade and Jobs and the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Brexit.  He is also a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Export Trade Council in relation to his international financial services portfolio.

Michael D’Arcy previously served as a Senator on the Administrative Panel from 2011 to 2016 where he was appointed the Government Spokesperson on Finance in the Seanad and served on the Oireachtas Banking Enquiry.  He also served on the Oireachtas Committees on Finance and Agriculture, Food and the Marine

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2007 and was appointed Deputy Spokesperson on Justice, with special responsibility for Equality.  During the 2007-2011 term, he served on the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

In the 2004 local elections, Michael D’Arcy topped the poll in the Gorey District and recorded the highest number of votes in County Wexford. 

In addition to his political role, Michael runs a dairy farm and employs two people.

Michael D’Arcy is a graduate of University of London and attended Gorey Christian Brothers School.  He won an All-Ireland junior football title with Wexford in 1992.  He also won five Wexford senior football titles with Kilanerin and played youth soccer with Wexford.

Derek Moran

Derek Moran is Secretary General of the Department of Finance and 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 previously been the Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Fiscal Policy Division, Budget and Economic Division and led on tax policy issues between 2006 and 2014. He is currently a member of the Central Bank Commission, the board of the National Treasury Management Agency, the Civil Service Management Board and is a Council member of the Foundation for Fiscal Studies.  He has previously served on the National Economic and Social Council, National Statistics Board and the EU’s Economic Policy and Tax Policy Committees.


Aidan Carrigan

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

John Hogan is the Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Tax policy. He was previously the Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Banking and Financial Stability. 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 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

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.

John McCarthy

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.

Dr. Nicholas O'Brien

Nicholas O’Brien is the Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for EU & International 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.

Gary Tobin

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 is a member of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) and has published articles on fiscal policy in the Economic and Social Review, the Irish Tax Review and the European Commission’s European Economy Journal. He edited and co-authored the book “Irish Tax Policy in Perspective” published by the Irish Tax Institute. Gary holds primary and master’s degrees in Economics from University College Dublin and a Diploma in Tax Policy from the Irish Tax Institute.

Dr. Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan is a Director who leads the Department’s International Finance Division. The Division supports Minister for State Eoghan Murphy in his responsibility for international financial services, specifically the development and implementation of policy for the IFS2020 Strategy.  The whole-of-Government approach, jointly developed between the public sector and industry, to drive the growth and development of International Financial Services in Ireland by making it a global location for these activities.  The Division also manages Ireland’s membership and relationship with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and climate change/climate finance issues.  The IFIs include: IMF; World Bank; EIB; EBRD; CEDB; ADB; AIIB; AfDB; and GCF.  Finally the Division is responsible for the Department’s Risk Management and Compliance functions. Previously, Paul was responsible for Civil Service-wide Shared Services Payroll and Banking projects which modernised and centralised these services across Government Departments and State Agencies. He also led the Department’s Finance & Corporate Directorate and he has worked on tax policy, budgetary policy and debt management.  Paul has experience in a number of other Departments including: Education & Science; Environment & Local Government; and Justice.

Niall O'Ceallaigh

Niall was appointed Senior Human Resources Manager in the Department of Finance in September 2011. His brief is to modernise and professionalise HR services and is focused in the areas of human resource management, performance management, staff development and the driving forward of organisational change within the Department. Previously Niall worked at Board and Senior Management level with a number of national and multinational companies primarily in the aerospace sector such as Aer Lingus, Team Aer Lingus, FLS Aerospace and SR Technics. Niall sits on the IMI Organisational Learning and Development Forum and Ibec’s Employee Engagement Forum.