Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs
Joe Hackett has served as Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs since September 2021. Joe joined the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in 1995 and has since served in a variety of positions at HQ and abroad.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary General, Joe served as Director General of EU Division (2019-2021), Joe also served in Brussels as Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to
the European Union (2017-2019) and as Permanent Representative to the EU’s Political & Security Committee (2013-2017).He also has extensive experience of managing Ireland’s bilateral relationship with the United States and engaging with our global Diaspora and international business community.