European Movement Ireland is the longest established, not-for-profit, voluntary Irish organisation dealing with the EU, pre-dating Ireland’s membership of the Union in 1973 by almost twenty years.
We were founded as the Irish Council of the European Movement in Dublin on 11 January 1954 to advocate for Irish membership of the European Economic Community (EEC), as the EU was then known.
Our founding principle was to “keep the Irish public informed about current European affairs and to encourage an informed and constructive contribution from Irish society towards the development of Europe and, through it, Europe’s contribution to the solution of local problems”, and the same is true today.
Signing the Articles of Association that founded the Irish Council of the European Movement were seven pioneers of Ireland’s future in Europe: Denis Corboy, George J Colley, Declan Costello, Dr Garret Fitzgerald, Seán J Healy, Donal O’Sullivan, and Louis P F Smith.
Over the years, EM Ireland has been supported by some of Ireland’s great political, legal and economic figures such as former Taoisigh Garret Fitzgerald and Jack Lynch, and former President Mary Robinson, amongst others.