European Union Section


Assistant Secretary: Helen Blake

Principal Officers: Elizabeth McCullough and Nigel Clarke

The European Union Section works to ensure that Ireland plays a full and effective role in all aspects of the European Union; promoting and protecting our national interests while also contributing to progress and prosperity across the Union.

EU Section supports the Taoiseach in his role as a member of the European Council. It also assists the Minister of State for European Affairs.

The Section takes a strategic approach to Ireland’s engagement with the EU, including through bilateral engagement and alliance building, and based on whole-of-government thinking on issues of significance for Ireland.

It works to promote coherence across policy positions taken by Ireland in relation to EU matters and to monitor progress in relation to major horizontal policies.

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