Ireland and the EU at 50: Politics, Policy and Transformation

Thursday, May 11, 2023 - 09:30 to Friday, May 12, 2023 - 17:00
Iontas Theatre, Maynooth University, Maynooth & online

On 1 January 2023 Ireland reached a historic milestone - the fiftieth anniversary of its accession to the European Communities. This conference, co-organised by Maynooth University and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) will examine the span of Irish membership of the EU from the perspective of policy, politics and transformation.

It will bring together academics, politicians, diplomats and members of civil society to reflect on the most important themes that helped define 50 years of Ireland's participation in European Integration. In the process it will evaluate the highs and lows of membership, as well as Ireland's position in the contemporary European Union.

Speakers at this two-day event will include: Bertie Ahern, Former Taoiseach; John Bruton, Former Taoiseach; Marian Harkin TD and former ALDE MEP; Barry Andrews MEP; Dr Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork; Dr Lisa Claire Whitten, Queens University Belfast; John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce;Prionsias De Rossa, former S & D MEP; Alex White, Director General of the IIEA; Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation, Ireland; and many more.

Click here to download programme;  IRELAND AND THE EUROPEAN UNION AT 50_programme