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Ciaran Murphy

Department of defence

Mr Ciaran Murphy joined the Irish Civil Service in February, 1979.  He commenced his career in the Department of Social Welfare, where he had responsibilities in relation to Social Security delivery systems and organisational modernisation.  In 1992, he moved to the Department of Finance where he worked initially on National Finance and Capital Markets and then on Ireland’s National Development Plan 2000-2006.  In 2002, he commenced work in the Department of Defence working on internal security issues and National Security and Defence Policy.     

Mr Murphy was appointed Asst Secretary General and Ireland’s Defence Policy Director in 2007.  He is also Ireland’s National Armaments Director.  He is currently responsible for policy in relation to International Security and Defence including CSDP, UN, OSCE and NATO/PfP; Irish Defence Forces Overseas Operations; and Legislation 

Mr Murphy is a graduate of the Ireland’s Institute of Public Administration, the Irish Management Institute and European Security and Defence College. He Holds a BA in Management Science, a Certificate in Public Administration and a Diploma in Executive Coaching.   

He is married to Derval and has one daughter. 

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