Muiris O’Connor took up the post of Head of R&D and Health Analytics in the Department of Health in November 2015. He moved to the Department of Health from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) where he served as Head of Policy and Strategic Planning since 2008. In that capacity he played a central role in the formulation of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 and led the subsequent development of a new Performance Evaluation Framework for Irish higher education.
Before joining the HEA, Muiris spent five years as Statistician in the Department of Education and Science, prior to which he worked with the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI), the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and with the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). In his career to date, Muiris has written on a range of education and social policy issues and has made a significant contribution to the quality and relevance of the evidence-base underpinning Irish education policy. In his present position, Muiris is leading on progressing the eHealth Agenda and on transforming the connectedness and comprehensiveness of the evidence-base underpinning health policy and practice.