Representation in Ireland


Infographic: women in politics

A new Eurobarometer on Gender Equality Shows that 79% of Irish respondents are in favour of legal measures to ensure parity between men and women in politics, above the EU average of 70%. Respondents in Portugal and Slovenia (both 89%) were the most likely to be in favour while those in Denmark (34%) and Sweden (36%) are least likely.

The survey also reveals that only 46% of Irish people think gender equality in politics has been achieved in Ireland. The EU average is 51% rising to 75% in Denmark and dropping to 32% in France.

Ireland (72%) respondents are third most likely to think there should be more women in political decision-making roles, after Malta (80%) and Portugal (76%). The EU average is 54% with people in Latvia (27%) and Romania (28%) least likely to agree.

Education and Training Monitor 2017

The 2017 edition of the Commission's Education and Training Monitor, published today, shows that national education systems are becoming more inclusive and effective. Yet it also confirms that students' educational attainment largely depends on their socio-economic backgrounds.

The Ireland report says: Irish students’ basic skills in reading, mathematics and science are high and relatively unaffected by socioeconomic background. The proportion of 15 year olds with under achievement is: 10.2% for  reading, 15% for maths and 15.3% for science.

Ireland continues to compare very well on education targets for early school leaving (6.3%) and tertiary education attainment (52.9%). However, inequalities in participation and access are still to be addressed.


The European Commission Representation in Ireland, supported by the European Movement Ireland, is organising a free media workshop in Dublin on Thursday, 23 November 2017 for third-level students.

The workshop will offer students an opportunity to meet with journalists, communications professionals and EU affairs experts – including Carl O’Brien (The Irish Times) and Ruth Deasy (European Commission Representation) and get a crash course on the EU and...

  • 14/11/2017 to 23/11/2017
Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
Image from the cover of the Eurofound report on Care Homes

Eurofound will launch its new report on care homes for older Europeans at a special event on Tuesday 28 November 2017 in Europe House, Dublin.

The event will be opened by Mr Jim Daly, Irish Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, and will gather policy makers, academics, practitioners, and representatives from national authorities and European institutions in order to discuss fresh research findings on the provision...

  • 28/11/2017
Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2