For me personally, one of the most important things is that I believe this involvement (forming European Movement Ireland) will create a new awareness of ourselves as Europeans and as Irish people; that is, through Europe we will find ourselves. Before our very eyes, we are watching the birth of modern Ireland. Our background and history gives us a unique position in this continent.
By becoming intellectually involved with Europe, we will be educating our country from infancy to adulthood and giving service to the making of modern Ireland.
– Dennis Corboy (The Shelbourne, 11 January 1954)