Council Members

There are five members of the Council including the Chair. The members were appointed by the Minister for Finance based on their experience and competence in domestic and international macroeconomic and fiscal matters. For further details on the terms of Council appointments click here.

JMH Professor John McHale (Chair) is Established Professor of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. John is also currently an independent member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). He previously held positions as Assistant Professor of Economics and Associate Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and as Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Toller Family Research Fellow at the Queen’s University, Ontario. He has been a consultant to the World Bank on numerous migration and development projects. He holds Ph.D and A.M degrees from Harvard, and first-class M.Econ.Sc. and B.Comm. degrees from the National University of Ireland.  His term of appointment to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is 4 years effective 31 December 2012.

 SBarnesMr Sebastian Barnes is Economic Counsellor to the Chief Economist of the OECD and former head of its EU desk. He is also a former head of the Ireland desk, where he co-authored two Economic Surveys of Ireland which focused on macroeconomic and structural issues and offered policy recommendations to boost economic performance on a sustainable basis. He joined the OECD in 2005 from the Bank of England. He holds a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree in European Political Economy from the College of Europe (Bruges), and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. His term of appointment to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is 4 years effective 31 December 2012.


scoffeySeamus Coffey is a lecturer in Economics in UCC. His teaching includes microeconomics, government and business, advanced microeconomics and econometrics as well as adult and distance education courses.  His research and writing focuses on the performance of the Irish economy. He is a sometime contributor to print, broadcast and online media relating to the Irish economy including fiscal outcomes, taxation, debt, national accounts and other issues.His term of appointment to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is 4 years effective 01 January 2016.


Dr Íde Kearney currently works as a Senior Economist in the Research Division of the Dutch Central Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank).  Prior to joining DNB she worked for a number of years in the ESRI on the development of macroeconomic models and their use in macroeconomic forecasting and policy analysis of the Irish economy, including forecasting the public finances. Dr Kearney holds a Ph.D in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence and a Masters of Economic Science (Econometrics) from University College Dublin. Her work for IFAC is in a private capacity, independent of her work for DNB. Her term of appointment to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is 4 years effective 12 March 2015.


Michael G. TuttyMr Michael G. Tutty is a retired Commissioner for Energy Regulation. He was Vice President of the European Investment Bank from 2000 to 2004, immediately prior to which he served as Second Secretary General in the Department of Finance (Budget and Economic Division). Michael holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Management in the Public Sector from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters Degree in Economics from the National University of Ireland. His appointment to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council was effective 25 September 2015 and is followed by a second term of 4 years effective from 1 January 2016

Former Members