John McCarthy is an Assistant Secretary General and as Chief Economist has responsibility for the Economic Division .
He was previously a senior economist in the Department heading up the macro economic analysis unit. He is the deputy member of the Economic and Financial Committee and the chair of the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) output gap working group.
He is a member of the National Statistics Board and an adviser to the National Competitiveness Council. He is the Irish member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Economic Policy Committee. Prior to joining the Department, he was a senior economist in the Central Bank.