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.

Sebastian BarnesMr Sebastian Barnes is a Head of Division at the OECD Economics Department and former Counsellor to the Chief Economist. He also served at the OECD as a head of the Euro and of the Ireland desk. 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. He was a founding member of the Council. He has been reappointed for a further four-year term effective from 1 January 2017.

Dr Martina LawlessDr Martina Lawless is a Research Professor at the ESRI. Before joining the ESRI, she worked as a research economist at the Central Bank of Ireland. She received her Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin and M.Sc in Economics from the University of Leuven. Her research has focused primarily on firm-level dynamics and decision making, covering a range of topics such as access to finance for small and medium firms, effects of taxation, exporting and, more recently, the potential effects of Brexit on Ireland. Her term of appointment to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is 4 years effective 1 January 2017.

Prof Michael McMahonProf Michael McMahon is a Macroeconomist and is currently a Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow of St Hugh’s College. He is a research fellow of the Centre Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Deputy Director of the Nuffield Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Policy (NUCAMP) and Director for Impact at CAGE, Warwick. He previously worked at the Bank of England where for three years he was a euro-area economist doing both analytical and forecasting work. During this time, he served as one of the UK’s two representatives on the European Commission’s Experts Group on Economic Forecasting. He has also worked for the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development in Singapore. His term of appointment to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is 4 years effective 18 April 2019.

Ms Dawn HollandMs Dawn Holland is a macroeconomist with a focus on macroeconomic modelling and forecasting. She served as Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs from 2015-2019, where she was responsible for producing the UN’s flagship publication World Economic Situation and Prospects and for the development of the UN/DESA World Economic Forecasting Model. Prior to joining the United Nations, she was a Principal Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London, where she worked from 1996-2013 and remains a close associate. She has acted as an advisor to the House of Lords of the UK Parliament and to the European Court of Auditors, and served on the editorial board of the National Institute Economic Review from 2003-2013. She has been a Consultant for the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Dublin, and the OECD, and has undertaken research projects on behalf of a wide range of organizations, including the Scottish Government, European Commission, Overseas Development Institute, and various UK Government departments. Her term of appointment to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is 4 years effective 1 January 2020.

Former Members