Meet The Team

Grace has a hard-working team around her, supporting her work in Brussels, Strasbourg and on the ground in the Ireland South constituency.

Brussels & Strasbourg Staff

Rose Ní Chléirigh, Parliamentary Assistant

Rose supports Grace’s work on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). From Clare in Ireland, she studied in Dublin and Rotterdam before moving to Brussels in 2017. 

Prior to joining Grace’s team in the European Parliament, she worked as a Policy Officer in the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU.

Manus

Manus Carlisle, Parliamentary Assistant

Manus joined Grace’s team in 2020 as Parliamentary Assistant working on Oceans and Fisheries.

Originally from Ennis Co. Clare, Manus studied in Dublin and at the University of Bologna in Italy. Before joining Grace’s team, Manus worked on communications and sustainable development at the European Commission.

 

 

Jonathan

Jonathan Martín Brennan, Office Coordinator

Jonathan has taken on the role of office coordinator, whilst also supporting Grace’s work on the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly and the Delegation for relations with Mercosur. Jonathan also supports Grace’s work by monitoring the Animal Transport Inquiry Committee and LGBTI Intergroup.

Born and raised in Mallorca to an Irish mother and Spanish father, he studied in London before pursuing a Master’s degree in European Public Affairs in Maastricht, which led him to move to Brussels in 2018.

Before joining team Grace, Jonathan worked for two different Members of the European Parliament on issues ranging from single-use plastics and access to drinking water to human rights and foreign affairs.

Ireland South Staff

Jacqui

Jacqui Corcoran, Strategy & Communications Advisor

After a 20-year career, initially as a script-writer/ researcher with 2FM, followed by 17 years as a producer with RTÉ Radio 1, Jacqui has been working with Grace since 2014, when she managed Grace’s first European Election campaign.

She went on to be Campaign Manager for Grace’s 2016 General Election campaign, and the campaign in 2019 when Grace was elected to the European Parliament after an historic, long election count! 

London-born, rural-Waterford resident, Jacqui assists Grace in the areas of communications and strategy.

Liz

Liz O’Dea, Constituency Officer

Liz joined the team in early 2020 as Constituency officer. She deals with a wide range of issues arising in the Ireland South Constituency. As constituency officer, Liz is the local point of contact  to respond to the representations and needs of constituents

A native of Kerry, Liz has lived in Waterford for the past 30 years where, prior to joining Grace’s team, she worked for 29 years as a solicitor with the Legal Aid Board and also trained as a mediator working with the Family Mediation Service. She completed her masters in Law in 2000 in the areas of Family and Environmental Law.

During her time in Waterford Liz has been involved in the arts and was a Director of The Imagine Arts festival for 14 years. Liz also served as a board member on Framework, an organisation providing support and training to community and voluntary sectors.

Rob

Rob O’Donnell, Constituency Officer

Rob joined Grace in 2022 as an Intern in the Brussels Office, before taking up the role of Constituency Officer in the Ireland South constituency. Rob manages Grace’s calendar during her designated constituency weeks, and provides communications and media support to Team Grace. 

Rob hails from the Limerick / Tipperary border, and studied Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. He previously worked as a staff member with the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union, and spent many years volunteering in the Irish and global student movement.