Centre for Irish and European Security

Established in 2008, the Centre for Irish and European Security combines over thirty years of experience in research and consultation advice in the field of civil security. The company’s current research focus is directed towards the ethical implications and societal impacts of security policy and security technology.

The CIES participates in a number of collaborative EU-funded projects under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In addition, the CIES advises our European partners of the ethical obligations that must be met by research projects at the proposal and research stages, and acts as a project evaluator at the pre-funding stage. The company also supplements its EU-funded work with private research and consultancy for indigenous Irish companies and multinationals based in Ireland and abroad.

  • Sadhbh McCarthy is founder and director of CIES, having been a professional programme manager for over 20 years. She has extensive experience with both private and public sector clients. In addition, Sadhbh has been a member of various Government Task Forces at the Department of an Taoiseach, the Department of Foreign Affairs and is also a participating member of the Institute for European Affairs. She has been a consultant to the parliamentary committees on Communications and authored reports on Broadband roll out in Ireland and Implementation of EU broadcasting legislation. Since founding the CIES she has chaired the ESRIF Transversal working group and most recently has chaired the Societal Impact Expert Working Group and compiled the SI Expert Group report. As chair of Women in Technology Science (WITS), she is an advisor to the Government departments with policy responsibility for mainstreaming gender equity.
  • Daniel Deering has worked with CIES since April 2012. He holds an MSc in Applied Economics from The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from University College Dublin. Current research interest is at the intersection of human rights and security (technology and policy) where he is focused on three European funded projects: PACT; ETTIS and SECILE. He has already contributed to a substantial deliverable to PACT (Public perception of security and privacy: Assessing knowledge, Collecting evidence, Translating research into action) an EU FP7 Project which began in  January 2012.
  • Dr. Ben Hayes is a consultant, working in-house with the CIES. He is an accomplished researcher, analyst and public speaker, who has worked as a consultant or adviser to numerous NGOs, parliaments, IGO’s and human rights bodies in Europe and beyond since 1996. His expertise lies in the following areas: EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), security and defence policies; human rights and civil liberties; border and migration control; counter-terrorism policies; surveillance; ‘homeland security’; policing and criminal law; privacy and data protection; freedom of information; democratic accountability; EU funding; development and security. Dr. Hayes relationship with the CIES has strengthened year-on-year. He is a vital contributor to the CIES in areas such as FP7 output deliverables, strategic planning and proposal writing.
  • Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell is the Director of the Security Policy Program at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). She has previously worked for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Catalan Institute for Public Security (ISPC) and is a Living in Surveillance Societies Expert (EU COST action). She sits on the International Advisory Board of Privacy International and is a partner in the IRISS (Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies) FP7 project among other research projects. Her work focuses on issues related to the social and legal impact of technology and security policy, privacy, community safety, policing and surveillance. Dr Clavell has recently joined CIES as a partner and will contribute to the Slandail project as a senior researcher.