Tag Archives | Noelle O Connell

Executive Director’s Blog: The end of the beginning and the beginning of the end…

My thoughts following the declaration of sufficient progress in the first phase of Brexit negotiations. Today, the European Council concluded that there has been ‘sufficient progress’ in the first phase of the negotiations on the priorities of citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland. Brexit […]

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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 Blog – All still to play for as the UK makes a big decision about its future in Europe

Executive Director’s Blog – All still to play for as the UK makes a big decision about its future in Europe

2016 could be a noteworthy year in the European Union (EU).  It is now being suggested that voters in the United Kingdom (UK) could go to the polls as early as June of this year in an ‘in-out’ referendum on its membership of the EU.  As the Conservative government led […]

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Executive Director’s Blog – Christmas across the EU

Christmas really is just around the corner!  Many observe it as a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus, while others see Christmas as a national holiday and a great opportunity to splurge on presents, eat up everything in sight and spend time with our families and friends.  Across Europe, […]

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