Just the Facts


Regular Briefings on Irish and EU Issues

EM Ireland’s Just the Facts briefings do exactly what they say on the tin – offering our members clear and concise briefings on the latest European and Irish news headlines.  Factual and to the point, Just the Facts briefings are designed to bring the reader up-to-speed on key international issues.

Just the Facts provides a regular insight into the very latest news from across Europe. From analysis of the latest elections, to the broad issues confronting Europe at large, Just the Facts provides a no-nonsense, jargon-free and informed viewpoint.

As a member of European Movement Ireland, you can enjoy Just the Facts delivered directly to your inbox on a weekly basis.

Just the Facts provides you with insights into:

  • News issues that are dominating conversation across Europe
  • The latest elections in European states and in the European institutions
  • The background and key points of European summits
  • Profiles of Europe’s key political figures.
  • The policy issues at the forefront of the European discussion.

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Below is a selection of topics regularly covered by Just The Facts:

Austria | Bulgaria | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | ECOFIN | Equality | Erasmus Programme | Estonia | European Central Bank | European Commission | European Council | European Parliamentary Elections | Food & Health Issues | Germany | Greece | Horizon 2020 | Hungary | Ireland – Finance and Budget issues | Irish Government | Irish Referendums | Italy | Latvia | Malta | Poland | Romania | Slovenia | Sports | Switzerland | Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership | United Kingdom & Scotland

Just the Facts – Referendum Edition

During the past two European-related referenda in Ireland, the Just the Facts service provided the Irish public and media with factual, unbiased information. Just the Facts works to dispel any myths surrounding the referenda content in order to ensure that Irish voters are equipped with the facts when they go to the polls to vote. Read on to learn more about the Just the Facts information service and the material we have produced over the past number of years.  EM Ireland’s Just the Facts information service plays a key part in fulfilling our goal of promoting reasoned, robust and informed debate on European issues in Ireland.


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  • The Lisbon Treaty (2009)

On Friday 2 October 2009, 59% of Ireland’s population voted on the Lisbon Treaty, passing it with a resounding 67.1%. This was the most votes cast in a European referendum and the most votes ever given in favour of an EU Treaty.

The Lisbon Treaty Just the Facts Campaign featured a number of information events around the country, including presenting our “EU in 20 Minutes” briefing to a range of colleges and social groups, and appearing on local and national radio airwaves to answer any questions from the public. Along with these events, we also developed a series of 20 factsheets to tackle some of the most common issues and concerns that surrounded the referendum campaigns. Finally, we sent out a daily information email to thousands of people in order to help them to make up their own mind about the Treaty.

Following the referendum, EM Ireland was invited to appear before the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on “Ireland’s Future in the EU” on 20 November 2009. The Sub-Committee was set-up following the outcome of the Lisbon Treaty Referendum; to explore the challenges facing Ireland post-Lisbon and to consider and allow for an open debate on Ireland’s future relationship with the EU.


  •  The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union [The Fiscal Treaty] (2012)

In the run-up to the referendum on the Fiscal Treaty on 31 May 2012, European Movement Ireland worked to provide independent, unbiased information regarding the Treaty’s content, potential impact and progress around Europe.

The Just the Facts Fiscal Treaty Information Service provided members of the public with a number of concise Infosheets, designed to explain the Treaty’s provisions in clear, accessible language and dispel any myths about the potential consequences of a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote. These Infosheets included:

The full, original text of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary UnionDownload (.PDF 43.7 KB)
Just the Facts Treaty Ratification Map detailing the ratification progress of the Treaty across EU member states. This map continues to be updated with details of the Treaty’s ratification progress around Europe and can be viewed and downloaded here: Fiscal Stability Treaty Ratification Map.
Just the Facts Fiscal Stability Treaty Timeline offering an overview of how the Treaty will progress over the coming years – Download (.PDF 410 KB)
Just the Facts Treaty One-Pager providing a short and accessible background to the Treaty, details of its content and FAQs – Download (.PDF 431 KB)
Just the Facts Mythbusters debunking myths and separating fact from fiction regarding the content of the Fiscal Treaty and the implications of the referendum result – Download (.PDF 318 KB)
A summary of EM Ireland’s Just the Facts Treaty Information Forum, which took place on Friday 17 May and featured presentations from David Begg, General Secretary of the ICTU; Glenna Lynch, businesswoman; Jim Power, economist and commentator and Dr Jane Suiter, UCC lecturer and political analyst. This event was chaired by journalist and broadcaster, Margaret E. Ward, and was opened with an address by Senator Jillian van Turnhout – Click here for more information.
The text of the Oireachtas Fiscal Responsibility Bill 2012 – Download (.PDF 5.9 MB)
Report by the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Treaty which compiled views on the Treaty from across all sectors of Irish society. EM Ireland Executive Director, Noelle O Connell, appeared before this Committee on 5 April 2012. Watch her presentation to the Committee hereDownload (.PDF 1.3 MB)
The EM Ireland Referendum Report; providing analysis of the Referendum campaign, the actors and the issues which arose. This Report also contained information on the background to the Treaty, public attitudes to the Treaty throughout the campaign and a breakdown of the results of the Referendum. The opinions and analysis contained within the Review are based on work carried out by EM Ireland in tracking the referendum campaign through the media and various published opinions – Download (.PDF)

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