Mr Éamonn MacAodha has been Chief Executive of the Irish Human Rights Commission since December 2007.
Prior to that he was Director of Human Rights for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs from 2004-2007. In this role he was responsible for reporting by Ireland to the United Nations on its human rights record and for driving human rights aspects of Irish foreign policy. He also served as human rights officer at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in Geneva from 2000-2002.
Called to the Irish bar in 1990, he has since worked on political, aid, trade and Anglo-Irish issues with the Department of Foreign Affairs and has served other diplomatic postings at the Irish Embassies to the Holy See, South Africa and Israel.
He was appointed to the Irish Press Council in August 2010 and in February 2011 became Adjunct Professor of Human Rights at National University of Ireland Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights.
He has published work on human rights and foreign policy and on national human rights institutions.