Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
Since February 2010: Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science, DG Research, Innovation & Science, European Commission
Political career 1994 -1997: Member of Dáil Éireann and Opposition Spokesperson on Health. 1993 -1994: Minister for Justice. Member of the Irish Government team which negotiated the Joint Declaration of December 1993, by the British and Irish Governments, on Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland 1992: Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications • 1991 -1992: Member of Dáil Éireann • 1987 - 1991: Minister for European Affairs. Chaired inter-departmental Cttee. on EU policy with responsibility for co-ordinating Ireland’s EU Presidency in 1990. During the Presidency chaired the Budget, Telecommunications, Culture and Development Councils • 1982 - 1987: Member of Dáil Éireann • Chairwoman of 1st Joint Parliamentary Cttee. on Women’s Rights and Member of Parliamentary Cttee. on Marital Breakdown • 1982: Minister of State for Education • 1981 - 1982: Member of Dáil Éireann • 1979 - 1981: Minister for the Gaeltacht (1st woman Cabinet Minister since the foundation of the State) • 1977 - 1979: Minister of State for Commerce • 1975 – 1977: Member of Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament). Professional career • 1970 -1975: Teacher • 1997 - 2000: Columnist with “The Irish Times” newspaper; TV presenter; Part-time business consultant; Non-executive director Aer Lingus; Non-executive director Ryan Hotels. • 2000-2010: Member of the European Court of Auditors. Other activities • Former Member of the Governing authority of the National University of Ireland Galway • 1996: Publication “The Green Diamond”.
Implementing Science Policy through HORIZON 2020, ERA and Innovation Union Session 1 Aligning Policy Agendas