Meet the underwriters

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Your DUAL underwriting team is the most experienced Private Client team in the Irish market. 



Barry O'Dwyer
Managing Director

Tel: 083 840 5745 or Message

Barry O’Dwyer is the Managing Director of DUAL Underwriting Ireland DAC, having established DUAL’s Irish business in 2015. DUAL Private Client has since grown to become one of Ireland’s principal High Net Worth insurers, specialising in private homes, jewellery, fine art, as well as luxury and high performance cars, private fleets and classic car collections. 

Barry has over 25 years’ experience in the industry, with 10 years in Aviva in a variety of management roles and a further 10 with Chubb, where he ran their HNW division.

Outside of work, Barry likes to play golf (badly) and keep fit by running the (very) odd marathon. 

Kate O'Connor

Kate O'Connor
Head of Business Development

T: 087 356 2362 or Message

Kate O’Connor is the Head of Business Development for DUAL Underwriting Ireland DAC. Kate joined DUAL in 2015 as a Senior Underwriter and has played an intricate role in growing the business over the years.

Previously in AIG, Kate has almost 10 years’ experience in the insurance industry with a strong focus on underwriting and business development. Outside of work, Kate enjoys lifting weights in the gym and singing with The Line-Up Choir in Dublin.  




Siobhan Mannion


Siobhan Mannion

T: 01 664 0001 or Message

Siobhan Mannion is a HNW Underwriter for DUAL Underwriting Ireland DAC having joined in 2019. DUAL is the world’s largest international underwriting agency and Lloyd’s largest international cover holder with annual gross written premiums of over US$1 billion and over 670 people employed worldwide.

Siobhan has over 7 years’ experience in the insurance industry, spread across both Zurich and Patrona Underwriting Ltd, where she excelled in various underwriting and audit roles.

Prior to that she spent 8 years working in the investment fund industry. In her spare time Siobhan loves going to the gym, watching the latest releases in the cinema, and spending time with family and friends.





Rachel McDonald 

T: 01 664 0001 or Message


Rachel McDonald is a HNW Underwriter for DUAL Underwriting Ireland DAC having joined the team in 2018.

Rachel has over 11 years’ experience in the insurance industry, having worked in for more than 6 years, starting out as an agent and progressing to a supervisor looking after a team of 9 customer care agents.

Since then Rachel has worked as a quality assurance analyst and training lead for GloHealth part of Irish life and Chubb travel insurance in OSG Vericlaim and has some experience in insurance broking also. In her spare time Rachel loves to keep fit, read and listen to music .