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Exhibition of young people’s Eco Action Projects, EU House, 20 August to 12 September

Image of panel from the exhibitionFrom Wednesday 20 August to Friday 12 September, the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosted an ECO-UNESCO exhibition showcasing young people’s environmental action projects from around Ireland.

The exhibition displayed over 20 projects from young people island-wide who participated in ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards 2014 programme. There were 75 finalists at the Young Environmental Awards Showcase and Ceremony in May 2014 and the exhibition displayed a number of the winning projects along with some highly commended groups.

ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation has been running the Young Environmentalist Awards for the past 15 years. The programme encourages, supports and rewards young people to carry out environmental action projects in their local youth club, school or community.

For more information on the Young Environmentalist Awards please visit www.ecounesco.ie.

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Culture Night at EU House, 19 September

Logos of the Italian Embassy in Ireland, The Italian Culture Institute and the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EUTo celebrate this year's Culture Night on 19 September, the European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Ireland and Italian Institute of Culture, presented an exhibition entitled “Overlapping Perspectives: a photographic insight of the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino”, which was accompanied by the performance of Italian guitarist Giulio “Julyo” D’agostino.

This event was open to the public at European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 6 to 9 pm.

Giulio “Julyo” D’agostino is an Italian guitarist, songwriter, producer and DJ. He has recorded and toured in Europe, US and Japan. A member of various bands including 4Ever, Kharisma and Photosonic Orchestra, he began a solo career in 2006 and has released five solo albums. He won three international awards for his film score for Photosonic, a short film about the ‘photosonic guitar’ he developed. He is also involved with the music project ANiMA LiBERA.

The exhibition and musical performance marked the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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EU Commission at the National Ploughing Championships, Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois, 23 to 25 September

Minister Richard Bruton meeting EU research staff at the EU stand at the PloughingThis year the European Commission Representation stand at the National Ploughing Championships was all about letting people know what the EU is doing in the area of “Agriculture and Research” with a spotlight on new technologies in agriculture.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's in-house science service, was on hand to provide information on their activities as well as some fun games. The EU stand also featured two Irish EU-funded research projects: WATERBEE and AUTOGRASSMILK, which will bring practical benefits to farmers in Ireland and elsewhere.

Information officers were also available to assist people with their questions about EU policies, as well as experts in the field of food and veterinary and CAP.

See here for full details of what was on offer at the EU stand.

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Photographic exhibition: “Overlapping Perspectives: a photographic insight of the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino”, 15 September to 3 October

Image from the exhibitionTo mark the Italian Presidency of the EU Council, the European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Ireland and Italian Institute of Culture, presented an exhibition entitled “Overlapping Perspectives: a photographic insight of the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino”.

The exhibition featured a series of photographs of the Palazzo Ducale, a centre of art and culture in the Italian town of Urbino, which hosts the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, one of the most important collections of Renaissance art in the world. The photographs were taken by Luca Di Salvo and the exhibition was curated by Constanza Lopez.

The exhibition was open to the public at European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from Monday 15 September to Friday 3 October.

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European Researchers' Night, EU House, Dublin, 26 September 2014

Image from the 2013 Biodiversity Jungle of Knowledge exhibitionEuropean Researchers' Night took place on Friday, 26 September 2014! This is a mega event which takes place every year simultaneously in several hundred cities all over Europe and beyond.

In Dublin the Discover Research Dublin team from Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland invited the general public to attend events and activities staged across the campus of Trinity College, the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and European Union House on Dawson Street.

EU House hosted 'Biodiversity in Our Lives' (BIOL) - a group of postgraduate students based in the School of Natural Sciences in Trinity College who will share fun facts and discuss their research on biodiversity in a simplistic and understandable way to primary school students (by prior invitation).

In the evening an Exhibition of the primary school students' artwork showing the importance of biodiversity through their eyes was on display to the general public.

See a slideshow of photos from the event here.

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Public seminar on European Economic Policy – Maynooth, 2 October 2014

The seminar organisersThe European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with the European Movement Ireland, organised a free public seminar on "European Economic Policy - What’s in it for Ireland?" in Maynooth University (NUI Maynooth) on Thursday evening 2 October.

Featuring presentations from Dr John FitzGerald, Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and economist, Jim Power, the seminar provided those in attendance with an opportunity to voice their opinions and ask any questions they may have had about European economic policy.

Additional seminars are taking place in Ennis on 8 October and in Dublin on 20 October.

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Public seminar on European Economic Policy – Ennis, 8 October 2014

The European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with the European Movement Ireland, organised a free public seminar on "European Economic Policy - What’s in it for Ireland?" in the Glór Theatre in Ennis on Wednesday evening, 8 October.

Featuring presentations from Seamus Coffey, Lecturer in Economics, UCC and Stephen Kinsella, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Limerick, the seminar gave those in attendance the opportunity to voice their opinions and ask any questions they had about European economic policy. The event was chaired by Ms Eimear Ní Bhroin of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

An additional seminar will take place in Dublin on 20 October.

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Public Seminar on European Economic Policy in DCU, 20 October

The European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with the European Movement Ireland, organised a free public seminar on "European Economic Policy - What’s in it for Ireland?" in Dublin City University (Room HG22, Nursing Building) on Monday evening, 20 October.

Featuring presentations from Brian Hayes, MEP for Dublin, Dr Jane Suiter of DCU and former Economics Editor at The Irish Times, and Dan O’Brien, Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs, the seminar gave those in attendance the opportunity to voice their opinions and ask any questions they may had European economic policy. The event was chaired by Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

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Exhibition - The Blouse that changed the World, EU House, Dublin, 15 to 24 October 2014

View of part of the exhibitionFrom Wednesday 15 to Friday 24 October, the European Commission Representation in Ireland is hosted an exhibition entitled "The Blouse that changed the World". The exhibition, which celebrated the traditional Romanian blouse, was organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Romania in Ireland and was part of Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin.

Made famous by Matisse and a global fashion item by the hippie generation, the traditional Romanian blouse is the seductive conclusion of centuries of craftsmanship and chromatic imagination. The 'Măiastra – The Untold Story of the Romanian Blouse' exhibition, produced by Galateca Gallery from Bucharest, exposes the sartorial, symbolical, and artistic connections of this iconic artifact.

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Conference - “Coping with climate change in Ireland, Europe and the world", EU House, Dublin, 29 October 2014

On Wednesday evening, 29 October, the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosted a conference on "Coping with climate change in Ireland, the EU and the world". The main speaker at the event was Professor John Sweeney, Ireland’s leading expert on climate change, and a lecturer at the Geography Department in NUI Maynooth.

Professor Sweeney looked at the scientific evidence of climate extremes, the likely impacts on Ireland (and to a lesser extent Europe), our potential to adapt, what mitigation measures we can take and why we are failing to tackle the problem.

The conference was organised by Marie-Helene Poudevigne, Consular Councillor and president of the UFE Ireland.

Professor Sweeney has edited and co-authored four texts on climatology and climate change in Ireland. He has served on a number of national academic societies as President, Secretary and Treasurer as well as being the Irish representative on a number of European academic bodies. He also features regularly on RTE television and radio discussing important topics related to climate change.

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Conference - "Ireland’s Economic Recovery: What Next?, Cork County Hall, 28 November

The European Commission Representation in Ireland, in conjunction with Cork Chamber of Commerce, organised a major economic conference in Cork entitled "Ireland's Economic Recovery: What Next?" on Friday, 28 November.

Keynote speakers at the conference included Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD and Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Defence, Simon Coveney TD.

Other speakers and chairs included:

  • Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy TD
  • Michael McGrath TD, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance
  • Marian Harkin MEP, Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland
  • Gillian Keating, President of Cork Chamber of Commerce
  • Arthur Beesley, Economics Editor of the Irish Times
  • Seamus Coffey, Economics Lecturer, University College Cork
  • Bob Savage, Vice-President and General Manager of EMC
  • Mary Regan, Political Editor, Irish Examiner
  • Dr Mary Murphy, Department of Government, University College Cork

Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission's Representation in Ireland said: "Since Ireland successfully exited its EU/IMF Programme, it has become is a full participant in the European Semester - the EU's new economic policy coordination arrangement. The good news is that the economy is growing again and Ireland has regained much of its competitiveness. However, there is a need to address current challenges and ensure that the economic recovery is sustainable. This Conference offers a unique opportunity to become familiar with EU economic policy and what it can do to support the Irish economy and the challenges it faces.”

For further information visit: http://www.corkchamber.ie/Irelands%20Economic%20Recovery%20What%20Next.cfm

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Tuesday 4 November to Friday 9 January: Photographic exhibition of the Piran Salt Pans in Slovenia, EU House

Image from the exhibitionIn cooperation with the Embassy of Slovenia in Ireland, the European Commission Representation hosted a photographic exhibition of the Piran Salt Pans in Slovenia in EU House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

The exhibition featured the work of renowned Slovenian photographer Arne Hodalič, who is best known for his photo essays featured in publications worldwide, most notably in National Geographic Magazine. His photojournalistic career spanning over two decades took him to assignments around the world. In the current exhibition, he is returning closer to home with landscapes of Piran Salt Pans. Piran Salt Pans in Slovenia are among those rare salt pans in the world where salt is produced using centuries-old processes, involving entirely natural crystallisation, working by hand and employing tools and procedures used by our ancestors.

The exhibition was open to the public from Tuesday 4 November to Friday 9 January 2015.

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Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 January: Visit the EU's stand (Number 30) at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, RDS, Dublin

View of last years EU Stand at the BT Young ScientistThis year, the EU stand in the World of Science and Technology (Stand number 30 in the Industries Hall) had a special focus on Food Research.

There were interactive areas where visitors could:

  • Test their knowledge about food and exercise by taking part in the 'Food4Me Quiz'.
  • Learn how packaging protects our food and how we can protect the environment when we dispose of it in the correct way.

Free resources for students, parents, teachers and the general public were available on the theme of Food Research, Horizon 2020 – the EU's €80 billion Research & Innovation Programme (2014-2020) - and on the European Union in general.

Information officers from the European Commission Representation in Ireland, the EU's Joint Research Centre and the European Parliament Office in Ireland were also on hand to assist visitors with questions about EU policies.

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Exhibition "Proud Latvia", EU House, Dublin, 13 to 23 January 2015

Image from the exhibitionIn cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Ireland, the Embassy of Latvia to Ireland presented the exhibition “Proud Latvia” as part of the cultural programme of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The theme of the exhibition was man, a Latvian man. Design trends, values and achievements were revealed in stories about the Latvians: the Amber Latvian, the Linen Latvian, the Wooden Latvian, the Clay Latvian, the Leather Latvian and the Metal Latvian. For more information, visit: www.proudlatvia.lv

The exhibition was open to the public on weekdays from Tuesday 13 to Friday 23 January at EU House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

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Thursday 19 February: Student Media Workshop, Department of An Taoiseach, Dublin

The European Commission Representation in Ireland, supported by European Movement Ireland, organised a free media workshop in Dublin on Thursday, 19 February 2015 for third-level students.

The workshop offered students an opportunity to meet with journalists, communications professionals and EU affairs experts – including Christine Bohan (the Journal.ie), Neale Richmond (European Movement Ireland) and Margaret E. Ward (financial journalist) – and get a crash course on the EU and how to write about Europe.

The aim of the workshop was to give students a valuable insight into EU policy areas and the skills to access information on EU communications and regulations.

The European Commission Award for Student Journalism at the National Student Media Awards this year will require students to submit a 750-word article entitled “The EU in my county” and students who attend the workshop should leave with the knowledge and confidence to research EU matters both for this project and into the future.The workshop will take place in the Italian Room, Department of the Taoiseach, Government Buildings, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, from 10.30am-2.30pm.

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Contemporary Self Portrait Exhibition, EU House, Dublin, 30 January to 23 February

Poster advertising the eventFrom Friday 30 January to Monday 23 February, the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosted an exhibition of striking self-portraits made by the people of Rialto working in partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in an EU-funded project. The centre-piece was a 1 metre-wide knitted model of the old Fatima Mansions, a self-portrait of the community itself and its collective memory of place.

During 2013, an international visual arts research project took place in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Ireland. "The Contemporary Self-Portrait" was supported by the EU under the DG Education and Culture programme. In Ireland, the project was hosted by the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in collaboration with the community of Rialto, near the NCAD campus in the south inner city of Dublin.

This Exhibition represented a portion of the work made during the project.

The Exhibition was open to the public on weekdays from Friday 30 January to Monday 23 February 2015 at EU House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Image of knitted model of Fatima Mansions from the exhibition

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Citizens Rights Exhibition, Europe Direct Information Centres around Ireland (July 2014 to February 2015)

The European Commission Representation in Ireland launched in July 2014 a new exhibition on European Citizens' Rights entitled: "What does it mean to be a citizen of the European Union?".

Over twenty years ago the member states signed the treaty of Maastricht, which established EU citizenship. Any person who holds the nationality of an EU country is automatically also an EU citizen. EU citizenship is additional to and does not replace national citizenship.

Being an EU citizen guarantees you a number of rights which are relevant to your daily life. It also offers you various channels you can use to make yourself heard in Europe. European legislation guarantees such fundamental principles as freedom, the right to vote, as well as such practical issues as compensation for flight delays or lower phone tariffs when using your mobile phone abroad. The EU wants you to be aware of and to make full use of the rights you have as a European citizen every day.

This exhibition was originally produced by the European Commission Representation in Spain via the Regional Office in Barcelona and was showcased in several Europe Direct Information Centres around Ireland between July 2014 and February 2015.

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Model Council of the European Union debate, Dublin Castle, 3 March 2015

Group photo of the participantsOn Tuesday 3 March 2015, secondary schools from across the country took part in the annual Model Council of the European Union debate in Dublin Castle. Students debated a mock legislative proposal on renewable energy.

This year's Model Council was won by Pobailscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co Kerry, who role-played Bulgaria in an intense and well informed discussion. The runners-up in a tough field were Assumption Grammar from Ballynahinch, Co Down who took on the role of Hungary.

The Model Council debate is designed as a simulation of a Council meeting and will involve 28 secondary schools from around Ireland. Each school takes on the role of one of the 28 EU Member States.

The event was officially opened by Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy TD and Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland. The debate chair was Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party.

The Council of the European Union is the main decision-making body of the EU and is made up of government ministers from each Member State. On most issues, EU legislation is proposed by the Commission and adopted jointly by the European Parliament and Ministers in the Council using a procedure known as co-decision.

This was the eighth annual Model Council debate organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

Click here msw8 - 46 KB [46 KB] for the complete list of participating schools.

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International Women's Day event - ‘We need to talk about childcare’, EU House, 5 March 2015

Minister James Reilly (centre) with Ciairin De Buis and Nicola Byrne on the left and Carol Hunt and Barbara Nolan on the rightThe European Commission Representation hosted a panel discussion about the challenges and possible solutions around the issue of childcare in Ireland. The event took place in EU House at lunchtime on Thursday 5 March.

Participants were addressed by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, TD, Carol Hunt, columnist with the Sunday Independent, Ciairín de Buis, Director of Start Strong and Nicola Byrne, CEO & founder of Cloud90, 11890 & Stenics Media.

Minister Reilly said: "The theme of this year’s event ‘We need to talk about Childcare’ is a very relevant topic at a time when there is considerable public focus and discussion on issues in the childcare sector, and particularly on the difficulties being experienced by parents when it comes to accessing quality and affordable childcare places."

Barbara Nolan, Head of the Commission Representation said: "According to the OECD, the average cost of childcare across its member states is equivalent to 12% of a family's income – if only this were true in the Irish context where the average cost of childcare represents a massive 35% of a family's income. Even for higher earners, the percentage is 24% - still double the OECD average. As a percentage of wages, net childcare costs in Ireland are the highest in the EU."

You can read the full text of Barbara's speech here msw8 - 46 KB [46 KB]

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Photo exhibition 'Ukraine: Inspiring Dignity', EU House, 13 to 19 March

Image from the exhibitionIn cooperation with the Ukrainian Connection Society, the Embassy of Ukraine in Ireland and the Embassy of Lithuania to Ireland, the European Commission Representation hosted "Ukraine: Inspiring Dignity", a photo exhibition, from Friday 13 to Friday 20 March.

The exhibition took a visual look at the events of the past year in Ukraine and how a peaceful country in the heart of Europe suddenly turned into a new conflict zone.

 

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Lunchtime Public Seminar on European Economic Policy, National College of Ireland, Dublin, 30 March 2015

Seminar speakers and organisersOn 30 March, the Commission Representation hosted a public seminar entitled ‘European Economic Policy – What’s in it for Ireland?’ in the National College of Ireland in Dublin city centre. The speakers were Brian Hayes, MEP, Jim Power, economist and Graham Stull, from the Representation.

Following panel presentations, a question-and-answer session with the audience focused on unemployment, legal services, childcare and the need for ownership of economic governance rules in Ireland. Over 60 people – including students, NGO representatives, local business leaders and public representatives – attended the event. Feedback from attendees was very positive.

The event was chaired by Eimear Ní Bhroin of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

Twitter: #EconEUIE

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Public Seminar on European Economic Policy, Athlone Institute of Technology, 16 April 2015

Noelle O'Connell (EMI), Alan Dukes, Ursula Tipp, Patrick O'Riordan and Ruth DeasyOn 16 April, the Dublin Representation hosted a public seminar entitled ‘European Economic Policy – What’s in it for Ireland?’ in Athlone Institute of Technology in Co Westmeath. This was the 15th in a series of regional events around Ireland designed to explain European economic policy.

The speakers were Alan Dukes, former Finance minister, Ursula Tipp, solicitor and tax expert, and Patrick O'Riordan, from the Commission's Representation in Ireland. The Representation's Head of Press, Ruth Deasy chaired the seminar.

Following presentations by the speakers, a question-and-answer session with the audience brought up issues around the application of budget rules in different Member States, the likelihood of another financial crisis, competition in the banking sector and taxation. The event was well attended and feedback from audience members was very positive.

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Europe Day celebrations, EU House, Dublin, 8 May 2015

The Discovery Choir performing in EU HouseThe European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Parliament Information Office  celebrated Europe Day at European Union House at lunchtime on Friday 8 May 2015 with the usual “Taste of Europe” event, which included food tasting from the EU countries, in cooperation with the embassies of the EU Member States in Ireland. Each of the participating embassies provided generous samples of their national foods.

The celebrations, which had a focus on the 2015 European Year for Development, also featured:

  • East African Traditional Dancers
  • Niwel Tsumbu – modern African beat
  • The Discovery Gospel Choir including solo performances from choir members

RTE Radio 1 DJ Shay Byrne was MC for the event.

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Exhibition - Latvian Tragedy 1941, EU House, Dublin, 11 to 15 May 2015

Poster advertising the exhibitionFrom Monday 11 to Friday 15 May, the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosted a joint exhibition by the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia and the Museum of "Jews in Latvia".

1941 was the most tragic year in the history of Latvia, all the more so because successive tragedies overtook one another. Military occupation and crimes against humanity of two brutal totalitarian states – the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany – destroyed the lives of around 100.000 innocent Latvian citizens, including children and the elderly. This was about 5% of Latvia’s population of nearly two million before World War II.

Every family, every individual in Latvia was affected by the foreign occupation of their country – the resulting political changes, the annihilation of people and the destruction of property. This exhibition, therefore, shows the fate of real individuals and real families.

The authors of the exhibition wish to emphasise that the victims of the Soviet and Nazi occupation regimes were Latvian citizens, members of all ethnic groups living in Latvia; the Republic of Latvia restored in 1991, condemns all perpetrators of crimes against humanity in the tragic year 1941, and the years that followed, and respectfully remembers all victims.

The exhibition was prepared by historians Ritvars Jansons, Iļja Ļenskis, Ojārs Stepens and Marģers Vestermanis.

It was on display in EU House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday 11 to Friday 15 May 2015.

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European Citizens' Dialogue, Investing in Europe’s Future - Digital Opportunities for Ireland, Dublin, 21 May 2015

Vice President Jyrki Katainen attending a similar event in Greece on 24 April 2015On Thursday 21 May, a special European Citizens' Dialogue took place in Dublin on the theme "Investing in Europe’s Future - Digital Opportunities for Ireland". It was held in the National Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

The keynote address was given by Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.

Other speakers included:

  • Lord David Puttnam, Ireland's Digital Champion,
  • Paddy Cosgrave, Dublin Web Summit Co-founder, and
  • Nicola Byrne, CEO & founder of Cloud90, 11890 & Stenics Media

This free event was moderated by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.

A slideshow of graphic harvesting of extracts from the speeches made by the key speakers is available here.

Event hashtag: #EUdialogues

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