Barbara Jones

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Barbara Jones was born in Co. Wexford, Ireland.

She is a graduate of Arts (French and History) (1977-1980) of University College, Dublin and holds post graduate qualifications in Education (1980-1981) from University College, Dublin and in Computer Science (1982-1983) from the National Institute of Higher Education (University of Limerick.)

Ms. Jones is a career diplomat and that career began at Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in September 1983.  She has worked primarily on British-Irish and European Union issues over the course of her career.

Otherwise, she was head of Humanitarian Aid policy from 1994-1997 and traveled extensively in Africa over that time.

Her overseas postings include assignments at the Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco (1986-1990); at the Embassy of Ireland at Luxembourg (1991-1993) and as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland in London, dealing with British-Irish political relations and the Northern Ireland peace process.

In September 2012, Ms Jones was appointed Joint Secretary at the British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat in Belfast. She then took up duty as Consul General of Ireland in New York in September 2014.

Ms Jones has worked in two other Irish Government Departments in Dublin from 1997-2002. From 1999 to 2002, she was a Speech Writer and Special Adviser in the Department of the Taoiseach / Ireland’s Prime Minister.

Prior to that (1997 to 1999) she worked in the Trade Section of Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, where she wrote and developed a new long term strategy for promoting Irish trade with China and Asia.

Ms. Jones has a very good command of Irish and French.

Ms Jones is married to Mr. Oliver O’Connor, who is a business consultant specializing in healthcare finance, innovation and public policy. She has two sons and a daughter, Killian O’Connor, Tadhg O’Connor and Maeve Jones-O’Connor.