Clíona McDonnell

Irish Government Economic & Evaluation Service (IGEES) / Civil Service

Administrative Officer

Clíona McDonnell

I joined the Department of Finance as an Economist through the Irish Government Economic & Evaluation Service (IGEES) in 2017. Prior to this, I had worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at RBC Capital Markets in London, advising clients in the financial institutions sector on mergers and acquisitions.

I began working for RBC after finishing my undergraduate in Economics and German at Trinity College Dublin. After deciding to leave the financial industry to pursue a career in the public sector, I went travelling for a year before completing a Master’s in Economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Upon joining IGEES, I was assigned to the Economics Division in the Department of Finance.

What I do

As part of my role, I am responsible for macroeconomic research related to private sector debt, monetary policy and the economic impacts of Brexit. I also represent Ireland on the Lisbon Methodology (LIME) Working Group of the Economic Policy Committee at the EU in Brussels. My work has been interesting and varied, including publishing a Brexit research paper, presenting it at policy meetings and conferences, and travelling to Brussels for EU meetings.