Permanent Representation of the Irish Government to the EU
Ireland is represented in Brussels by the Permanent Representation. This office is Ireland's eyes and ears in Brussels and works with all the European Union bodies in drafting legislation and policy.
Press officer: Deirdre Farrell
50 Rue Froissart,
Department of Foreign Affairs
The Department of Foreign Affairs is the principle Government Department that deals with the European Institutions in the European Council. However nearly all Government departments work with the European Institutions.
Press Office Contact:
80 St. Stephen's Green
Tel: 01 4780822
Council of the European Union (Council of Ministers)
The Council is the main decision-making body of the European Union. The government ministers of the Member States meet regularly to set the direction of EU policy. Depending on the issue on the agenda, each country will be represented by the minister responsible for that subject (foreign affairs, finance, social affairs, transport, agriculture, etc.).
The Presidency of the Council is held for six months by a different Member State on a rotational basis. Currently Cyprus holds the presidency until 31 December 2012: http://www.cy2012.eu/en/page/home
Council of the European Union- General Secretariat
Justus Lipsius Building,
Rue de la Loi, 175,
Tel: 00 32 2 281 63 19
The Irish Regions Office
The Irish Regions Office was established as a Brussels-based resource for the Irish members of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and their regional authorities. They have a lot of information on grants and funding.
Programmes & Communications Officer
Irish Regions Office
Rond-Point Schuman, 11
Tel: 00 32 2 230 0820
European Consumer Centre
ECC Ireland offers advice on consumer rights when buying goods or services in another European country. They also mediate directly with a trader in another European country if a consumer needs help.
Manager: Ann Neville
European Consumer Centre,
13A Upper O'Connell Street,
Tel: 01 809 0600 / 087 940 9760
European Court of Justice
This is the highest Court in the EU and ensures compliance with the law in the interpretation and application of the founding Treaties. Website includes press releases on judicial proceedings and judgements.
Court of Justice of the European Communities
Tel: 00 352 4303 1000