Caitlin Higgins Ni Chinneide

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade / Civil Service

Third Secretary

Caitlin Higgins Ni Chinneide

Following the completion of a PhD in History in Trinity College Dublin, I joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2012, prior to Ireland’s EU Presidency. My first role was in Europe Division, where I worked on a range of policy issues relating to Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

I subsequently moved to the Department’s Anglo Irish Division, where my duties included support for organisations involved in reconciliation work on the island of Ireland. I was also involved in planning for upcoming official commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising.

In mid-2015 I was assigned to the Irish Embassy in Madrid, which is also accredited to Tunisia. Madrid is Ireland’s busiest consular mission, with around 1.3 million visits by Irish people to Spain each year. It deals with over 25% of consular cases involving Irish people worldwide. In my role as Consul, I oversee the provision of consular and passport services to Irish holidaymakers and residents in Spain and Tunisia.

My roles in the Department to date have been interesting and varied. I would certainly recommend it to any graduate who is considering their future options.