One of Ireland’s leading Brexit negotiators has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the Ministry of the Taoiseach.
John Callinan will replace outgoing Secretary General Martin Fraser, who is set to become Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK.
Mr Callinan was the second Secretary-General for the International, EU and Northern Ireland departments. He played a central role in the Brexit negotiations and championed Ireland’s cause throughout the long-running talks.
He will now hold the highest civil service position in the country, reporting directly to the Taoiseach.
Depending on the length of service, the positions have a salary of up to EUR 215,998.
A Government source said Mr Callinan’s appointment was “reasonable” given the services he has rendered to the state to date. Mr. Fraser has served in this role since 2011 but played no role in the selection of his successor.
In an email to officials last month, Mr Fraser said an individual with a “demonstrated track record of significant accomplishments as an executive and senior manager” who was also a “qualified negotiator” and an “excellent communicator” was wanted for the position.
Deputy Secretary-General in the Department of the Taoiseach Elizabeth Canavan, who rose to prominence during the Covid-19 pandemic, was believed to also be in the mix for the position.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/top-brexit-negotiator-john-callinan-appointed-new-secretary-general-of-taoiseachs-department-41522381.html Leading Brexit negotiator John Callinan has appointed the new Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Taoiseach