Valerie Kirwan

Principal Officer - Planning and Building Unit

An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education


Valerie is the head of Finance and Programme Management in the Planning and Building Unit in the Department of Education since 2019, with lead responsibility for:

  • Overall programme management of the pipeline of projects for delivery under the school building programme to ensure National Development Plan priorities are achieved.  This includes management of a multi-annual capital budget  of €4.4 billion of funds during the NDP period 2021-2025.  She is also leading a team responsible for GIS development in the Planning and Building Unit which is key to supporting innovation and capacity development opportunities in the Department.
  • Prior to this role, Valerie worked in the Department of Agriculture and Food as Finance Officer over a budget in excess of €3 billion per annum.  She also played a lead role in negotiating and delivering EU Common Agricultural Policy Reform.

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