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See below for details of recent events:

See here for details of all events organised in 2015.

Exhibition - Biodiversity Photographer of the Year 2015, EU House, Dublin, 3 to 23 July 2015

Image of poster advertising the exhibitionFrom Friday 3 to Thursday 23 July, the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosted the Irish Environmental Network's exhibition "Biodiversity Photographer of the Year 2015".

The "Biodiversity Photographer of the Year 2015" exhibition showcased the best of amateur photography taken as part of the National Biodiversity Week 2015 photography competition. It displayed the many guises of Irish flora and fauna as well as its interaction with the human world, under the general theme of Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.


Joint European Commission Representation / IIEA event on Transatlantic Relations and TTIP, Dublin, 7 September 2015

On Monday 7 September, the European Commission Representation and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) co-hosted a seminar on Transatlantic Relations and TTIP. The seminar took place in the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.

The keynote address to the seminar was given by David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the United States. Other speakers included Dan O'Brien, IIEA Chief Economist, Tom Healy, Director, Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) and Gina Quinn, Chief Executive of Dublin Chamber of Commerce.


EU stand at the National Ploughing Championships, Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois, 22 to 24 September 2015

EU Commission and European Parliament staff at the EU standThis year the EU stand (No. 429, row 25, block 3) at the National Ploughing Championships was all about the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and what's new in CAP 2014 - 2020. With a focus on jobs and growth in rural areas, and new technologies in Agriculture, the new CAP will contribute to more competitive and sustainable agriculture in the EU.

We also showcased two EU funded research projects: SMARTAGRIFOOD2 - developing a new generation of smart agriculture Apps which focus on solving real problems that could revolutionise the farm! And TRADEIT showcasing emerging technologies relevant to SME food producers with information on what geographical protection/designation is all about and how to obtain it.

Information officers were available to assist with questions on EU policies, as well as experts in the field of CAP.

Kids' Corner

There were also prizes to be won with our farming and agriculture games as well as a chance for visitors to test their ability to convert energy from one to another in a fun and educational way on our Energy Bike!


Expert Seminar: "Housing Ireland's Recovery", Dublin, 6 November 2015

The ESRI and the European Commission Representation in Ireland co-hosted an expert seminar on "Housing Ireland's recovery" on Friday 6 November with expert speakers from home and abroad.

See below links to presentations from the following speakers:


Grand Final of the Europe Direct Soapbox Competition 2015 - 'Charity begins at home', Farmleigh House, Dublin, 16 November 2015

The final of the 2015 Europe Direct Soapbox Competition took place in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin on Monday morning, 16 November, 2015.

This was the culmination of months of debate all over the country as contestants passionately contested the idea that 'Charity begins at home' in the fifth annual Europe Direct National Soapbox Competition.

The topic for the competition was 'Charity begins at home',  a subject which is a very topical one at the moment especially as this is the European Year for Development. Eight Europe Direct Information Centres: Waterford, Letterkenny, Dundalk, Blanchardstown, Mallow, Mountmellick, Ballinasloe and Tubbercurry, hosted the regional finals with over 190 competitors in two categories: 18 and under and 19 and over taking part.

Sixteen finalists competed in the Grand Final in Farmleigh for substantial overall prizes including a trip to Brussels to visit to the European Parliament, a €1,000 voucher and of course, the title of National Europe Direct Soapbox Winner 2015.

The trips to Brussels are sponsored by MEP Marian Harkin who personally presented them to the two winners on the day. The Soapbox Final was opened by Ms. Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the event was chaired by Mr Joseph Nugent, CEO Local Government Management Agency.


Exhibition - 'Carl Nielsen: Music is Life', Europe House, Dublin, 16 to 20 November 2015

Image from the exhibitionTo mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the famous Danish composer Carl Nielsen, the Danish Embassy brought an exhibition to Ireland called 'Carl Nielsen: Music is Life'.

The exhibition presented Carl Nielsen's life and work, specifically the symphonies, the popular songs, and the opera 'Masquerade'. It also included a timeline giving an overview of Nielsen's entire repertoire. The exhibition also addressed the composition process, and how Nielsen's music has been received in an international context.

The exhibition was open to the public at Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, from Monday 16 to Friday 20 November.


Exhibition - Icons of Poland's contemporary architecture, Europe House, Dublin 2, 24 November to 18 December

Image from the exhibitionFrom Tuesday 24 November to Friday 18 December the European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with the Embassy of Poland in Ireland, hosted an exhibition on Poland’s contemporary architecture.

“Polska. Architecture” aimed to portray the significant journey that Polish architecture has been on since 1989, the year when everything changed. It consisted of 22 boards, each depicting a building that has proved to be crucial to the new architectural face of Poland, either because of its daring design, or its historic significance.

The exhibition was open to the public on weekdays from 24 November to 18 December at Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.


EU stand at the BY Young Scientist Exhibition, 7 to 9 January, Dublin

Mockup of the EU stand 2016The European Commission Representation and the European Parliament Office in Ireland had a stand at the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which took place in the RDS, Dublin, from 7 to 9 January 2016.

The EU stand featured lots of great activities - slime, plasma balls, elephant toothpaste, mini smoke cannons, energy sticks, a hurricane in a bottle and a Van Der Graff generator to make your hair stand on end!

Scientists from the Junior Einsteins Science Club demonstrated how these fun experiments related to real life research and explained the many exciting careers in areas like: astronomy, medicine, genetics, palaeontology, or criminology to name but a few.

Free resources on the European Union were available for all visitors and Information Officers were available to assist with questions about EU policies. The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's in-house science service, was also on hand to provide information on their activities.


Model Council of the European Union debate, Dublin, 1 March

The winning team of the 2016 Model CouncilThe annual Model Council of the European Union debate for secondary schools took place in Dublin Castle on Tuesday, 1 March 2016. The theme of the debate was migration. 28 secondary schools participated.

The Model Council is designed as a simulation of a meeting of the Council of the European Union. Each school takes on the role of one of the 28 EU Member States. The debate is based on a mock European Commission proposal to support Italy and Greece, by relocating migrants in need of international protection to other EU Member States. Schools are asked to adopt a stance either in favour or against the proposal and are encouraged to research and to adopt the official position of the assigned Member State.

See here for further details.


International Women's Day event: The Rise of Female Entrepreneurship - Ireland’s Success Stories, Europe House, Dublin, 3 March

To mark International Women’s Day 2016, Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland and Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland hosted a discussion on “The Rise of Female Entrepreneurship – Ireland’s Success Stories” on Thursday 3 March in Dublin.

Speakers included Nora Khaldi, CSO and Founder of Nuritas; Dorothy Creaven, Co-Founder and CEO at Element Wave; and Lorraine Scroope, Founder of The Hire Lab.


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