50 Years of Ireland in the EU

Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership has coincided with a radical economic and social transformation of our country.

Welcome to EU50

EU50 is series of events and initiatives to mark and celebrate 50 years of Ireland's membership of the European Union.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD

Minister's Message

A message from Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney TD

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Communicating Europe Initiative

Find a list of organisations and projects funded by the Communicating Europe Initiative

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My European Union, My Ireland, My EU50!

‘MyEU50: The Ireland EU50 Youth Competition’ will run throughout the 2022/2023 academic term.

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Ireland and the Single Market

Government of Ireland EU50 Conference on the EU Single Market, Dublin, 27 October 2022

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The Government’s EU50 programme is marking Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership since our decision to join the EEC in 1972. Government Departments, State Agencies, second and third level institutions, civil society groups, industry, cultural institutions and our Mission network have all been encouraged to get involved.

What is EU50?

Find out more below.
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History of Ireland in the EU

Read more about Ireland's 50 Years in the EU

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EU50 Programme

Read more about our EU50 programme

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EU50 News and Events

Find out more about some of the events that have formed part of the EU50 Programme.
Photo of Minister Byrne at Iveagh House for a commemoration of the 1972 Staines Air Disaster

Commemoration of the 1972 Staines Air Disaster

Minister of State Thomas Byrne T.D. hosted the families of victims of the Staines Air Crash to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the tragedy.

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin unveiling the John Hume bust

Presentation of John Hume Bust and Address by Taoiseach Micheál Martin to the European Parliament

This bust is a reminder of John’s unwavering commitment to peace on the island of Ireland.

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Minister Byrne at the University of Limerick Symposium

University of Limerick Symposium, 10-11 May 2022

The Department of Foreign Affairs, under the EU50 programme, supported a two day symposium on "The European Dimension in Irish Education".

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister Byrne meet with young people for Europe Day celebrations

EU50 Europe Day Celebrations

Over the course of Europe Day, 9 May, Government Ministers met with young people in schools across Ireland, to hear what Europe means to them.

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressing IrelandEU50 Accession of Ireland to the ECC event

Celebrating 50 Years in the EU

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses #IrelandEU50 Accession of Ireland to the ECC event

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Gaeilge san AE

Is cuid ríthábhachtach dár bhféiniúlacht agus dár n-oidhreacht í an Ghaeilge. Ar an 1 Eanair 2022, bhain an Ghaeilge stádas iomlán amach mar theanga oifigiúil de chuid an Aontais Eorpaigh. Mar gheall air seo, tá an Ghaeilge anois ar chomhchéim leis na teangacha oifigiúla eile san AE. 50 bliain tar éis dul isteach san AE, tá ár dteanga náisiúnta anois ag croílár an Aontais.

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