The EU50 programme is marking Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership since our decision to join the EEC in 1972. Now, as the EU looks forward to welcoming new members, is a good time to think about what EU membership has meant for Ireland, the Irish and everyone else, and what those new members might one day look forward to. Five million Irish people each has a unique story to tell about what the EU means for them. Each is unique and special in its own way.

Inspired and helped by the Irish Foreign Affairs Communication Europe Initiative, our Ireland 50 series is a selection of unique stories from writers from all over Europe. Some of our writers are Irish and some are not But each of their stories adds a unique and heart-felt. Has EU membership been good, bad or mixed? Read on and judge for yourself.

This series of publications is presented in cooperation with the Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI). The CEI was established in 1995 to raise awareness about the European Union and to improve the quality and accessibility of public information on European issues. The programme is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 


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