PPA lecture: Rory Montgomery, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

PPA lecture: Rory Montgomery, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Department of Politics and Public Administration Lecture 
 
Rory Montgomery
Second Secretary General
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
 
'Ireland, the EU and the Challenge of Brexit’ 
 
1pm Thursday 16th February
Room CSG025
 
Rory Montgomery’s lecture will refer to the background to Brexit, set out the Government’s Brexit strategy and will then look ahead to the forthcoming negotiations.
 
 
 
Curriculum Vitae
Rory Montgomery joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1983.  As a Third Secretary he was assigned to the Economic, Protocol and European Communities Divisions, and was posted to the Embassy to Italy and the Consulate General, Chicago.  He also spent a year on secondment to the European Commission. As a First Secretary and then Counsellor he spent most of the 1990s working on Northern Ireland issues, principally in the Anglo-Irish Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, but also with a year in the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and a brief posting as Press Counsellor, Embassy London.  He was a member of the Irish team which negotiated the Good Friday Agreement. He was promoted to Assistant Secretary and Political Director in 2005.
 
From April 2009 until September 2013, Rory Montgomery was Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the European Union.  He was involved in the ratification and implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the response to the euro area crisis, and the planning and running of the 2013 Irish Presidency, during which he chaired Coreper 2. From September 2013 until August 2014 he was Ambassador to France (with a secondary accreditation to Monaco). From August 2014 to October 2016 he was Second Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach, with responsibility for EU affairs.
 
In October 2016 he returned to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Second Secretary General and Director General of the European Union Division, with particular responsibility for the EU-UK negotiations.