European Movement Ireland

partner-logo-1European Movement Ireland is an independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation working to develop the connection between Ireland and Europe.  Founded in 1954, we are the oldest Irish organisation working in the field of Irish-EU relations.  EM Ireland have a vast network of individual, not-for-profit and corporate members, to whom we provide an extensive range of briefing, training, information, communications, networking, consultation and research services.

We aim to foster proactive engagement on European issues and facilitate links between all sectors of Irish society and the EU by running a number of advocacy campaigns, education programmes, training courses, information briefings and networking events.  EM Ireland also produces clear and relevant reports and publications outlining key European issues and their impact on Ireland and Irish citizens.  Ensuring transparency, accountability and engagement at all levels in Ireland’s relationship with Europe is one of our key goals.

Explore our website to learn more about our work and our Presidency & European Year of Citizens 2013 programme of campaigns and events.


partner-logo-2SpunOut is an independent, youth-led national charity working to empower young people between the ages of 16 and 25 to create personal and social change. Through its website, SpunOut provides an interactive online community for young people to consume health and lifestyle information and find out about health and advice services available to them in their area, online or over the phone. also acts as an online space for young people to share their views and opinions by writing articles for the site or by commenting on pieces written by other young people. SpunOut also runs a number of offline events including an annual Academy, which provides free practical ‘tools for change’ training, a ‘SpunOut Super Heroes’ mini grants scheme, and the ‘SpunOut Youth Summit’.

Read more about SpunOut’s range of work and campaigns on their website.

YAP Ireland

partner-logo-3Youth Advocate Programmes (YAP) Ireland’s mission is to build partnerships between vulnerable young people, their families and communities to support their full potential through a community based, strengths focused, intensive support model which provides a more effective and economic alternative to society’s reliance on the direct provision of state institutions and out-of-home care services. YAP Ireland is a leading provider of intensive support programmes for young people and families, leading to positive outcomes for the young people, their families and referral agents.

Learn more about YAP Ireland by visiting their website.

Community Relations in Schools

partner-logo-4Community Relations In Schools (CRIS) is a Northern Ireland based proactive, open and welcoming organisation that is driven by a flexible approach to Community Relations work and an understanding of the need to work with each individual, school and community at the stage they are at in their own Community Relations journey. CRIS works alongside children, young people, school staff, parents and community stakeholders within schools and education communities to challenge bias and promote the values of equity, diversity, interdependence and learning.

Learn more about CRIS and their work: website.

European Movement Northern Ireland

partner-logo-7European Movement Northern Ireland is Northern Ireland’s leading pro-European organisation, bringing together people who share a common interest in European co-operation in its widest sense. The Northern Ireland Council of the European Movement organises a programme of events comprising of evening meetings, seminars, lunches and conferences. It also publishes material to inform both its members and the wider public about European affairs.

Visit the European Movement Northern Ireland website to find out more.


Youth in Action

partner-logo-5YMIP is funded under Youth in Action, the EU’s mobility and non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 13 and 30.  Youth in Action aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the future of the EU.  It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU’s borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background: Youth in Action is a Programme for all.

Further information about Youth in Action can be found on the European Commission website.


partner-logo-6In Ireland, Youth in Action funding is administered by Léargas.  Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.  Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 20 years.

Visit the Léargas website to read more about their work.

Marion Creely (Consultant)


Marion Creely is an international award winning programme maker, media consultant and TV producer with RTÉ and the EBU.  She has led and trained production teams in Europe, China, Ukraine, the Middle East and Africa, with a special expertise in youth and children’s programming.  In 2007, she led an Irish team to take part in the World Summit on Children in Media in Johannesburg, SA.  She was a founder member of Irish Youth Media which devised the Youth Media and Democracy Conference in DIT in Dublin in 2009.  She devised the ‘Youth Media for Europe ’project which collaborated with European Movement Ireland in facilitating and training youth media teams to cover the European Elections of 2009 and The Lisbon Treaty Referendum.  Marion is delighted to continue her collaboration with EM Ireland in advising and shaping Youth Media for the Irish Presidency.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.