Ireland at the European Union

Ireland plays a central role in Europe. We help to shape the EU through our input into economic and social policies.

We use our EU membership to make a valuable contribution to world affairs. And we promote and protect Ireland’s interests in the EU through the work of the Department of the Taoiseach, with the co-operation of this Department, its Embassies in Europe and the Permanent Mission to the EU in Brussels.

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Permanent Mission of Ireland to the European Union, Brussels

Based in Brussels, the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union brings together civil servants from nearly every Irish Government department, making it the State’s largest diplomatic mission abroad.

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50 years of Ireland in the EU

Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership has coincided with a radical economic and social transformation of our country.

The Government’s EU50 programme is marking Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership since our decision to join the EEC in 1972. Government Departments, State Agencies, second and third level institutions, civil society groups, industry, cultural institutions and our Mission network have all been encouraged to get involved.