The School of law and Government is delighted to announce the appointment of Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia, and former Tánaiste, as an adjunct professor.
Eamon Gilmore graduated from University College Galway in 1976 with a BA in Psychology. Always interested in politics he served as President of the Union of Students in Ireland from 1976 to 1978. He first entered electoral politics by being elected a Member of Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council in 1985 and he subsequently served on the council up to 2003. He was first elected to Dáil Eireann in 1989 and was successively re-elected in all subsequent elections where he represented the constituency of Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown as a member of first the Workers Party, then Democratic Life, and finally the Labour party. He served as Minister of State for the Marine from December 1994 to June 1997 and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade from March 2011 to July 2014. He was also Tánaiste from March 2011 to July 2014 and leader of the Labour Party from September 2007 to July 2014 where he led the party to its largest ever number of seats. He currently acts as European Union Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia.