A business and politics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and an ‘ancienne’ of the College of Europe in Bruges, Mary McCaughey began her career in journalism in Brussels in 1990 with the European news information agency, Europe Information Service, writing for European Report and Social Europe as well as other publications, and was a founding editor of Europe East.
From there, she spent several years working for the Wall Street Journal Europe before moving to South Africa where she contributed, among others, to the WSJE and the Irish Times as a features writer.
In 1998 she took up the post of spokesperson with the Delegation of the European Commission to South Africa, heading up the press and information department until 2001 when she moved to Belgrade, Serbia. While there, she worked as a communications consultant for the European Agency for Reconstruction until taking up her post in 2003 as Editor in chief at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in Dublin.
In October 2007 she was nominated to the post of Head of Information and Communication with the Foundation.