Ionadaíocht in Éirinn


Commissioner Phil Hogan

EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan told members of Seanad Éireann this morning that Brexit had shaken the EU institutions from their slumber and that there was a noticeable new energy and desire to get things done. He said that Ireland should harness this energy to be at the heart of a brighter Future for Europe.

The Commission told Senators that the EU had stood with Ireland on Brexit: "... the Brexit storm has yet to pass, although we have, in the last couple of months, made good progress towards safeguarding our future.  The EU has stood with Ireland, defended Ireland and, in doing so, has demonstrated its value.  We are not out of the woods by any means.  But we can draw confidence from everything that has happened so far. I firmly believe we have a European Union that is proud of us as members and of which we can be proud.  I want us to build further on this foundation."

See below for the full text of Commissioner's speech.

Infographic on vaccination

The Commission has issued a set of recommendations for how the EU can strengthen cooperation in the fight against diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. The Commission's proposal focuses on 3 main pillars for action: tackling vaccine hesitancy and improving vaccination coverage; sustainable vaccination policies in the EU; and EU coordination and contribution to global health.

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis said: ''Vaccination is one of the most powerful and cost-effective public health measures developed in the 20th century. As a medical doctor, I find it disheartening to witness children dying because of low uptake, vaccine hesitancy, or vaccine shortages. Infectious diseases are not confined within national borders. One Member State's immunisation weakness puts the health and security of citizens at risk across the EU. Cooperating in this area is in all of our interests. Protect our children, vaccinate!"

Image from exhibition brochure

"European Pages in Georgian History" is a photographic exhibition presented by the Embassy of Georgia to Ireland which will be on display to the public at the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays from 18 April to 4 May.

2018 marks the centenary of Georgia's independence and the establishment of the first democratic republic of Georgia.

  • 18/04/2018 to 04/05/2018
Europe House, Dublin 2
Robert Schuman

Europe Day is celebrated every year on 9 May. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year...

  • 09/05/2018
Various venues around Ireland