Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland Gerry Kiely.
Killenaule man Gerry Kiely says he is “delighted” with his new role as head of the European Commission's Representation in Ireland.
Gerry brings over thirty years of European and international affairs experience as well as strong communication skills to the post. He spent many years working for the Commission in Brussels.
“Keeping Ireland in touch with Brussels and making sure Brussels understands what is happening on the ground here is a highly motivating task, and I look forward to the challenge,” he says.
Gerry joined the European civil service in 1989, specialising in international relations on agriculture. Previously he worked for eight years at the Irish Farmers' Association, based first in Ireland as an economist and liaison officer (1981–1984), and subsequently in Belgium as director of the association's Brussel’s office (1984–1989).
In the Commission, he started as an official dealing with international agricultural affairs. In 1991, he became spokesperson for Agriculture Commissioners Ray MacSharry, René Steichen and Franz Fischler, staying in this post until 1999. From 2000 to 2003, he served as Head of the Agriculture, Food Safety, Consumer Affairs and Fisheries section of the EU Delegation in Washington, D.C.
More recently, Gerry 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. He obtained his master's degree in Agricultural Economics and his degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin.