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EU stand at the BT Young Scientist exhibition, RDS, Dublin, 9 to 11 January 2014

Broadcaster Gerard Murphy recording his messageThe EU hosted a stand at the BT Young Scientists Exhibition that took place from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 January 2014 in the RDS, Dublin.

The EU stand in the World of Science and Technology (Stand number 35 in the Industries Hall) had a special focus this year on climate change and the environment.

The 'Light the Beacon for Climate Change' campaign was launched during the Exhibition with hundreds of young people recording short videos expressing their vision for a world they would like to live in, and what climate issues they would most like to see addressd.


Public Information Seminar on Graduate Career Opportunities in the European Union, EU House, 3 February 2014

On Monday 3 February, the Department of the Taoiseach and the European Commission Representation in Ireland held an information seminar highlighting the opportunities open to Irish graduates and final year students.

The event focused, in particular, on the AD5 Administrator Competition, to be launched by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) in March. Information was also provided on a separate competition to recruit auditors to work in the EU institutions, also to be launched by EPSO in March.

An expert line-up of speakers – including Delyth Evans of EPSO, Mark Ronayne of the European Court of Justice and Michael Scannell of the European Commission – profiled the work of an EU Administrator in detail and offered insights into the competition process and how best to prepare for it.


17.00Welcome: Elaine Gunn, Department of the Taoiseach
17.05‘Graduate Career Opportunities in the EU Institutions: The AD5 Administrator Competition’: Ms Delyth Evans, EPSO


‘Working as a Policy Officer or an Auditor in the EU Institutions’: Mr Michael Scannell: Director of the Food and Veterinary Office, European Commission
17.55‘Working as a Lawyer in the EU Institutions’: Mr Mark Ronayne: Director of HR & Personnel Administration, Court of Justice of the European Union
18.10Panel Discussion and Q&A chaired by Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland


Model Council of the European Union, 4 March 2014

The winning team from the Loreto Secondary School in KilkennyOn Tuesday 4 March, secondary schools from across the country took part in the annual Model Council of the European Union in Dublin Castle.

Teams of students from 30 schools debated a mock proposal for a directive on minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (such as shale gas) using high volume hydraulic fracturing in the 28 Member States of the European Union.

First prize this year went to Amy McGourty, Eimear Conroy, and Sarah Lanigan from the Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny, who represented Poland. Second prize went to St. Kilian’s German School, who represented Greece.

The event was officially opened by the Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe T.D. and the debate was chaired by Senator Jillian van Turnhout, leader of the Independent Group.

The debate judges were Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland, and Elaine Gunn, Department of An Taoiseach (EU Affairs and Coordination Division).

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


Images of Research in Ireland exhibition, EU House, Dublin 2: 24 February to 13 March 2014

Exhibition posterFrom Monday 24 February to Thursday 13 March, the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosted the Images of Research from Ireland exhibition.

The exhibition featured a curated set of images from the UCD Images of Research Collection. It highlighted some of the most innovative and imaginative images that convey the depth and range of research taking place at UCD, including those generated through (FP7) EU funded research projects.

Images of Research started in 2006 as an initiative of Research at UCD. Since then there have been over 1,650 entries to the competition from postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students, final year undergraduate students, research technicians and the staff of UCD’s affiliated teaching hospitals.

Each year 12 images are shortlisted by a panel of UCD Staff and external judges from the arts and science. It offers researchers the opportunity to submit compelling digital images and awards those with the best visual portrayal of some aspect of their research.

The exhibition was open to the public from Monday 24 February to Thursday 13 March.

For further information, see: 


European Commission Conference: Post-Troika - what next for Ireland?, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Friday 28 March

Promotional image for conferenceFollowing Ireland’s exit from the EU/IMF Financial Programme, what lies in store for the economy? How will increased coordination between EU Member States have an impact on Ireland’s polciies? What still needs to be done to make sure that the country's recovery is sustainable?

On Friday 28 March 2014, the European Commission Representation in Ireland in conjunction with Dublin Chamber of Commerce, held a Conference at the Aviva Stadium to address these and other questions.

Speakers during the day included:

  • Catherine Day, Secretary General of the European Commission,
  • Brian Hayes, Minister of State for Public Expenditure and Reform,
  • John McCarthy, Chief Economist at the Department of Finance,
  • John McHale of the Fiscal Advisory Council,
  • Stephen Donnelly, Independent TD,
  • Danny McCoy of IBEC,
  • David Begg of ICTU,
  • Professor Frances Ruane of the ESRI,
  • Stephen Kinsella, Senior Economics Lecturer at the University of Limerick
  • John Berrigan of DG Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission

This event is part of a series of activities organised by the Representation with the aim of communicating the European Semester and encouraging engagement with the process.  The Representation will hold further regional seminars throughout the country as well as a major Conference in Cork at the end of November. 

To view the presentations made by speakers on the day, please see .


Exhibition: "Notes from Úr", EU House, Dublin, 31 March to 28 April

Image of exhibitionFrom Monday 31 March to Monday 28 April, the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosted the “Notes from Úr” exhibition at EU House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

The exhibition was presented by The Living Archive and featured works from the European co-operation projects of Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc Teoranta supported by the European Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, Culture Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland & Ealaín na Gaeltachta.

ÚR is a trans-European art and culture exchange, encompassing an international artist in residence exchange and a programme that includes performances, artists’ films, artists’ books, interdisciplinary works and presentations. It involves artists from Ireland, Portugal and Greece. For further information about the project, visit:

The exhibition featured works from the following artists:

  • Ian Joyce (Ireland)
  • Kevin Magee (Ireland)
  • Ingo Dunnebier (Greece)
  • Fotini Kariotaki (Greece)


Conference - "Marking 10 Years of the EU's largest accession", Dublin Castle, 6 May

Ten years ago, on 1 May 2004, the EU enlarged from 15 to 25 Member States (and with two subsequent enlargements to 28). It brought stability and reunited Europe after years of artificial division during the cold war; it made the EU the world's biggest single market and increased trade between Member States, thus contributing to economic growth and strengthening further Europe's weight in global affairs.

The ten year anniversary of the 2004 Enlargement was discussed on Tuesday 6 May in Dublin Castle in a conference entitled "Marking 10 Years of the EU’s largest accession: Reflections on the Future Political, Economic and Security Challenges of the European Union". Among the topics discussed were contemporary and future perspectives of the European integration process with special regard to the political and security framework and the economic environment.

The conference was organised jointly by the European Commission Representation in Ireland, the Embassies of the 10 EU Member States celebrating 10 years of EU accession, and the Irish Office of the EU Parliament.

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Europe Day celebrations at EU House, Dublin 2, 9 May

Europe Day celebrationsThe European Commission Representation in Ireland celebrating Europe Day at EU House 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 and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland. Participating embassies each provided samples of their national foods.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Enlargement, the event this year was accompanied by music and dance performed by artists from most of the EU10 countries, namely:

  • Elisabeth (Slovakia),
  • Amica Voce (Hungary),
  • Raimonda Masiulyte (Lithuania),
  • SuperTonic Orchestra (Poland),
  • Iiris (Estonia),
  • elVe (Latvia).

The concert was presented by Shay Byrne (RTE Radio).

During the event, youth organisation Foróige presented for the first time the video-clip “A day in the life of a young European Citizen”. The video was produced by young volunteers from all over Ireland who have taken on the challenge of raising awareness of the European Union and its institutions among young people.

The prize giving ceremony for the winner in the joint European Commission/Irish Times journalism competition “The European Union - what it means to me” also took place.

The event was open to the public.


European Literature Night at EU House, 15 May

On Thursday 15 May, the European Commission Representation hosted one of the events for "Words on the Street" - European Literature Night, a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Initiative.

Broadcaster Aine Lawlor read extracts from the "Polandkolyma Diaries: A Journey into Russia’s Haunted Hinterland", by reporter/journalist/writer Jacek Hugo-Bader (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones).

Kolyma Diaries is an excursion into one of the world's last remaining badlands, a place full of Gulag ghosts and living wrecks. During his trip along the 2000 km long Kolyma highway, the Polish report Jacek Hugo-Bader hears mesmerising, sometimes devastating, tales of the journeys that brought others to this benighted land.

For more about European Literature Night, visit:


Exhibition: A Time to Dance, EU House, Dublin, 1 to 29 May

Images of photos from the exhibitionFrom Thursday 1 to Thursday 29 May the European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with Age Action Ireland, hosted the “A Time to Dance” exhibition.

This collection of black and white photographs by Ann Henrick, accompanied by the words of Maeve Binchy, was taken from the book “A Time to Dance” published by New Island Books in 2006. It is an uplifting celebration of life and living among Ireland’s elderly and carries a positive message which is both affirming for those already in advanced years and more importantly, inspiring for those who are heading that way.

The exhibition was presented as a tribute to the late Maeve Binchy who wrote so positively about ageing.


Seminar: Looking to the Future: Recommendations for the Irish Economy, Dublin, 10 June 2014

On Tuesday 10 June, the Institute of International and European Affairs and the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosted a Seminar to discuss the implications of the European Commission's Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) for Ireland. This event took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Golden Lane (Dublin 8).

The European Commission published, on 2 June, its recommendations for budgetary, employment and other structural reforms that each Member State should carry out over the next 12-18 months to help them boost growth. These annual Country Specific Recommendations form part of the European Semester, the EU's calendar for economic policy coordination, which is designed to prevent future crises by catching and remedying problems before they spread. The recommendations for Ireland are available here .

Ireland is participating fully in the European Semester process for the first time this year following its exit from the EU-IMF programme in December 2013.

Seminar Programme

12.55Opening remarks: Barbara Nolan, Head of European Commission Representation in Ireland
1.05Expert panel discussion chaired by Cliff Taylor, Editor, Sunday Business Post
1.10 John McCarthy, Chief Economist, Department of Finance
1.20 Alan Dukes, Former Minister for Finance
1.30 Seamus Coffey, Lecturer in Economics, University College Cork
1.40 Suzanne Kelly, Tax Consultant
1.50Q & A session
2.35Closing remarks: Dan O’Brien, Chief Economist, IIEA

For further information visit:


Art exhibition 'Shades and Reflections of Ukraine', EU House, Dublin, 3 to 13 June

Image of work by Valentyna PryyomskaFrom Tuesday 3 to Friday 14 June, the European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with the Association of Ukrainians in Ireland, hosted the art exhibition 'Shades and Reflections of Ukraine'.

The focal point of the exhibition was to show Ukraine in all its beauty and colour, from different angles and perspectives, in various moments of time in its history.

The exhibition was open to the public from 3 June to 13 June at EU House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Participating artists:

  • Mykhaylo Ozernyy
  • Andriy Ozernyy
  • Vladislav Dainovski
  • Andrii Trushkevych
  • Tetyana Tsaryk
  • Valentyna Pryyomska
  • Olga Duka


Discussion on "Decent Work for Women in Ireland: Challenge and Opportunity", 16 July

Barbara Nolan addressing the eventThe National Women’s Council of Ireland, in cooperation with the European Commission Representation of Ireland, held a discussion on "Decent Work for Women in Ireland: Challenge and Opportunity".

The discussion explored some of the challenges that face women in the workplace in Ireland today, including precarious work and access to childcare, looking at European engagement with such issues and the importance of collective organisation.

Chaired by Barbara Nolan, speakers on the day included Mary Banotti, former MEP, Alice Mary Higgins, Policy Officer NWCI, David Joyce, Equality Officer ICTU and Marie Sherlock, Economic Advisor SIPTU

A selection of short extracts from Katie O’Kelly’s play “Counter Culture” on the theme of zero hour contracts was also performed by the author.

For further information see:


Photography Exhibition - “Familie | Family. Photographs and Stories from five Romanian families”, 8 to 15 August

Image from the exhibitionIn cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Ireland, the Comber Foundation presented the photography exhibition and photobook entitled “Familie | Family. Photographs and Stories from five Romanian families” in European Union House, from Friday 8 to Friday 15 August.

The exhibition was the result of a project intiated by Tríona Collins, a volunteer with the Irish NGO The Comber Foundation and Hope and Homes for Children Romania, with images being taken by Photographer in Residence in the University of Limerick, Mr. Maurice Gunning.

"Familie | Family" is an intimate photobook providing insight into the daily lives for children with disabilities in Romania and highlights the importance of increasing supports for these families. It demonstrates the partnership between Irish and Romanian NGO’s and the positive impact of the work of Irish volunteers in Eastern Europe.


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


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