Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union
About the Permanent Representation of Ireland, Brussels
How Ireland is represented in the EU
The Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU brings together civil servants from nearly every Irish Government department, making it the State’s largest diplomatic mission abroad.
Our main function is to promote and represent Ireland’s interests in the EU. We also play a frontline role in representing Ireland’s unique position, interests and priorities in matters concerning the negotiations on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
UK's decision to leave the EU
On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate went to the polls and voted to leave the European Union.
Ireland has a unique perspective and interest in the outcome of this decision: as the UK's closest neighbour, sharing a land border; as partners in transforming British-Irish relations in recent years; and as facilitators and co-guarantors of successive agreements aimed at securing peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland.