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There are a number of other sources of EU information countrywide.

Europe Direct Information Centres

The European Commission supports a wide network of Information providers in Ireland including the Europe Direct Information Centres. There are 10 such centres. The centres maintain stocks of relevant EU publications and are available to deal with any queries in relation to EU matters. Established on 1 May 2005, the centres will gradually increase the services that are available to the general public which will include the supply of publications, replying to general EU related queries, internet access to EU websites, providing speakers on EU issues and promotional events to inform on the EU and its policies.


European Documentation Centres (EDCs)

To supplement the information service of the Representation the Commission has established EDCs in a number of Irish universities. The EDCs have an extensive range of EU documentation which is continually updated.

Contact information for the EDCs are as follows:

UCD Dublin, Official Publications Department,
James Joyce Library, Belfield, Dublin 4
Contact: Valerie Kendlin
Tel: (01) 716-7508
Website: NUI Dublin Library

Trinity College Library, Official Publications
Library, College Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 896 1661
Fax: (01) 896 3774
Website: TCD Library

NUI Cork, Robert Schuman European Documentation Centre
Boole Library, Cork.
Contact: Helen Mulcahy, Law and Official Publications Librarian
Tel: (021) 490 2983
Website: UCC EDC

NUI Galway, James Hardiman Library, Galway
Contact: Hugo Kelly
Law, Official Publications and EDC Librarian
Tel. (091) 493 359
Fax: (091) 522 394
Website: NUI Galway EDC

Glucksman Library
University of Limerick
Plassey Campus
Co. Limerick
Contact: Pattie Punch, Librarian
Tel: (061) 202 185
Fax: (061) 330 271
Website: UL EDC


Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

Established in co-operation with Enterprise Ireland and the Chambers of Commerce in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Waterford, the Enterprise Europe Network (Ireland) provides services specifically aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Enterprise Ireland clients, Entrepreneurs, Business Start-ups, Universities, Institutes of Technology, Research Centres, and Chamber Members. See below for contact details.

Enterprise Ireland:

Jan Gerritsen
Tel: +353 1 727 2729

Cork Chamber of Commerce

Katherine Fitzpatrick
Tel:  +353 21 4509044

Dublin  Chamber of Commerce

Marion Jammet
Tel: (01) 644 7200 

Galway  Chamber of Commerce

Carol Brady
Tel: (091) 563 536

Sligo  Chamber of Commerce

Lorraine McDonnell
Tel: (071) 9161274

Waterford  Chamber of Commerce

Michelle McHugh
Tel: (051) 311138


Urban Forum for Sustainable Development

The Commission has aided the setting up of a network of Urban Fora for Sustainable Development which provide information on environmental issues.

Contact: Paula Russell
Dublin Forum for Sustainable Development,
NUI Dublin,
Environmental Institute,
Clonskeagh Drive, Dublin 14
Tel: (01) 706 2772
Fax: (01) 706 2788


European Consumer Centre

The European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) is a new EU-wide network to promote consumer confidence by advising citizens on their rights as consumers and providing easy access to redress, particularly in cases where the consumer has purchased something in another country to his/her own (cross-border).

European Consumer Centre - ECC Ireland
MACRO Centre, 1 Green Street, Dublin 7
T. + 353 (0) 1   8797 620
F. + 353 (0) 1 8734 328


European Network for Rural Development

Logo of the European Network for Rural DevelopmentLaunched in 2008, the European Network for Rural Development (EN RD) helps to ensure that Rural Development Programmes are implemented efficiently across the EU. It provides information on developments in rural areas through newsletters and reports, organises seminars and runs networks to facilitate idea sharing and the spread of knowledge, expertise and support in the area of rural development policy. Information on Irish events, publications, networking opportunities and current work is available on the Irish National Rural Network website. The Rural Development Programme for Ireland will run until 2013.



National Support Network for FP7

FP7 logoThe Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development are the main mechanisms for supporting collaborative research, development and innovations in science, engineering and technology within the European Union. They are open to all EU public and private bodies, including provision for the participation of non-EU states, and the current Seventh Framework Programme is supported in Ireland through the National Support Network for FP7.




Eurodesk logoEurodesk, part of the Youth In Action Programme, is a network throughout 31 countries dedicated to supporting those working with young people, promoting information on European opportunities for young people and providing access to European information. Eurodesk helps to raise awareness of European issues through exhibitions, school visits, publications and newsletters. Leargas has been the Eurodesk partner in Ireland since 1995, providing 30 contact points around Ireland at Youth Information Centres and one youth café.




FIN-NET logo FIN-NET was launched in 2001 and provides a network for settling cross-border financial disputes within the EEC out of Court ie. disputes between consumers and financial service providers such as banks, insurance companies etc. Irish citizens should contact the Financial Services Ombudsman if a financial dispute arises with an institution in another EEC country.




SOLVIT logoSOLVIT is an on-line problem solving network in which EU Member States work together to solve problems caused by the misapplication of Internal Market law by public authorities, without legal proceedings. There is a SOLVIT centre in every European Union Member State, including Ireland (as well as in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). SOLVIT Centres can help with handling complaints from both citizens and businesses. They are part of the national administration and are committed to providing real solutions to problems within ten weeks. Using SOLVIT is free of charge.


Solvit Ireland:



EURAXESS logoEURAXESS is the Researchers’ Mobility Portal Ireland, which is part of an initiative involving both the European Commission and countries participating in the European Union’s Framework Programmes for Research. The National Service Centre located at the Irish Universities Association and supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  As a researcher in Ireland, the EURAXESS Services Centre (formerly known as the Researcher Mobility Network) helps researchers and their family to plan and organise their move to a foreign country, providing help in all matters related to mobility.




EURES logoEURES is a cooperation network between the European Commission, the Public Employment Services of the European Economic Area (EEA) Member States and other partner organisations. The purpose of EURES is to provide information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching) services for the benefit of workers and employers, as well as any citizen wishing to benefit from the principle of the free movement of persons.




Europass logoEUROPASS provides EU citizens with the tools to help communicate their skills and qualifications effectively when looking for a job or training. Provides assistance to employers to understand the skills and qualifications of the workforce and helps education and training authorities define and communicate the content of curricula.



Last update: 09/04/2013  |Top