European Council Summit 14-15 December 2017

On Thursday 14 December, the European Council met in Brussels to discuss security and defence, social issues, education and culture, along with climate change and Jerusalem.  On Friday 15 December, leaders met in an EU27 format to review the Article 50 negotiations, as well as to hold a Euro Summit.  Security and Defence  The European Council Summit was opened with the launching of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) by the 25 participating EU leaders.  The main aim of PESCO is that participating “EU Member States work more closely…

Principles and parameters in place for Brexit but greater challenges ahead says European Movement Ireland

Comment on the announcement of approval to move on to phase two of the Brexit negotiations Commenting on the announcement that EU leaders have approved moving on to the second phase of Brexit negotiations, Noelle O Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, says: “We now have the principles and parameters in place for progress…

European Movement Ireland urge every person to have their say on the future of the EU

Dublin, 15 November 2017: European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland) is urging every person to have their say on the future direction of the EU by getting involved in Ireland’s dialogue on the future of Europe, launched by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD with Minister Coveney and Minister McEntee today (15/11/17). Following today’s national launch, public…

Being in the EU is 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 the highest percentage turnout for any Irish referendum. By a resounding  83% , Irish people answered ‘Yes to Europe’.  There and then, it was clear what Ireland should do.  …