Jim Breslin

Secretary General of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science at Government of Ireland

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Secretary General of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Government of Ireland
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Jim Breslin was appointed Secretary General of Ireland’s new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science in July 2020. The establishment of this new Department reflects the priority attached by the Irish Government to the contribution that further and higher education and research can make to future economic and social prosperity and sustainability.

In 2011 he led the establishment of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs as its first Secretary General. Following this he was Secretary General of the Department of Health for 6 years. He has a Masters in Public Administration (Mid-Career) from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, MSc (Econ) from Trinity College Dublin and BA in Economics and Politics from University College Dublin.