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.

Welcome to EU50

EU50 is series of events and initiatives to mark and celebrate 50 years of Ireland's membership of the European Union.
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Communicating Europe Initiative

Find a list of organisations and projects funded by the Communicating Europe Initiative

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Europe Day 2023

Marking the culmination of the Government’s EU50 programme, with activities in schools around Ireland and a performance of 'Ode to Joy' in the National Concert Hall.

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Into Europe: Ireland and the EU 1973 – 2023

INTO EUROPE is a Royal Irish Academy exhibition commissioned by EU50, DFA.

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.

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Part of the cover of Ireland in the EU Irish Times supplement

Ireland in the EU Irish Times supplement

On 27 January 2023, the Irish Times group, in association with the Department of Foreign Affairs, published a special report in the Irish Times and Irish Examiner on Ireland in the EU: The impact of 50 years

Ireland in the EU | The impact of 50 years
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What is EU50?

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History of Ireland in the EU

Read more about Ireland's 50 Years in the EU

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EU50 Programme

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EU50 news and events

Find out more about some of the events that have formed part of the EU50 Programme.

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Gaeilge san AE

Is cuid ríthábhachtach dár bhféiniúlacht agus dár n-oidhreacht í an Ghaeilge. Ar an 1 Eanair 2022, bhain an Ghaeilge stádas iomlán amach mar theanga oifigiúil de chuid an Aontais Eorpaigh. Mar gheall air seo, tá an Ghaeilge anois ar chomhchéim leis na teangacha oifigiúla eile san AE. 50 bliain tar éis dul isteach san AE, tá ár dteanga náisiúnta anois ag croílár an Aontais.

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