About Me

I am a specialist on the political economy of the European Union. I work as Senior Research Officer for the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (Martens Centre) think tank in Brussels, Belgium. The Martens Centre is the official think tank of the centre right European Peoples Party (EPP). I currently focus on issues relating to Ireland, UK-EU relations, the Euro, the post-Covid recovery and the social-economic realities facing working- and middle-class families.

I hold a PhD in economic history from University College Cork, Ireland on the development of the Anglo-Irish banking system. I was also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. My academic focus is inter-war (1918-39) economic and banking history.

Prior to undertaking my PhD, I gained over six years’ experience as a private sector economist with expertise in retail and planning economics. I interned under Professor Lars Jonung in the Economic Research Unit of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) in the European Commission in Brussels.

I write for the Martens Centre and on current political and European affairs for international media outlets.

What other say about me

An Irish Times review of my discussion with Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk radio on Ireland’s corporate tax strategy “a handy primer, worthy of supposedly weightier shows”

Ireland’s European Affairs Minister – Thomas Byrne – replying to my piece highlighting Ireland’s credibility issues in the EU

Media moment of the week when discussing Ireland’s covid response in the Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s bemoaning of my lack of data in my criticisms of Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine system in the Irish Times

Happy to classified as the co-author of an “accidental classic” by Nobel Laurate Paul Krugman in the New York Times.

Proud to be labelled a “Brussels boffin” and “Blueshirt intellectual” in Phoenix magazine.

Always delighted to highlight “terminal stupidity” even at my own expense in The Irish Times.

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Send me an email: eoindrea@icloud.com

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