Joe worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade serving as Ireland’s Ambassador to China, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Singapore. He was non resident Ambassador to Indonesia, the Philippines, Timor Leste, Brunei, Ukraine, Iceland and ASEAN and Governor of the Asia Europe Foundation. He also served as Joint Secretary of the North South Ministerial Council.  He worked in Irish Embassies in Bonn, Moscow and London, as an assistant legal adviser on EU law and as Private Secretary to Dr Garret FitzGerald.

He is currently a member of the board of the National Council for Special Education, the agency responsible for the delivery of educational services to people with special needs. He is a graduate of UCD and the Kings Inns.