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Executive Director’s Blog: Staying in the EU remains in Ireland’s national interest

On 10 May 1972, ‘What do I do’ by Sandie, Joe and the Dixies was top of the Irish charts, the day the public voted on whether Ireland should join the European Economic Communities (EEC).  Across the country, 70.9% of the electorate cast their ballot which, to this day, remains […]

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Executive Director’s Brexit Blog: ‘#Presidentielle2017- Constructing the context of Brexit’

Aberjhani, the American author, poet, and historian, has said of elections that: “When we vote, we participate in the construction of a context”. I can’t help but think that over the next five months, in the latest in a series of critical elections, European citizens will construct the context of […]

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Executive Director’s Brexit Blog: ‘B-Day in Brussels’

“So, here it is, six pages: the notification from Prime Minister Theresa May, triggering Article 50 and formally starting the negotiations of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.” These were the words spoken by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, confirming that the ‘Dear Donald,’ letter had […]

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Executive Director’s Blog – 60 years on from the Treaty of Rome, the idea of Europe is more important than ever

60 years ago this Saturday, the leaders of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, West Germany, the Netherlands and Italy gathered in the Palazzo dei Conservatori to sign the Treaty of Rome; it was the Treaty which created the European Economic Community (EEC), which itself paved the way for the European Union (EU).  As […]

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