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By European Movement Ireland
Since 1954, European Movement Ireland has been working to strengthen the connection between all sectors of Irish society and Europe.

We want to provide factual information about Europe in language that is clear and understandable, ensuring a robust, fair and factual public discourse on European issues.

So listen in, as we bring to you our podcast series 'Just The Chats' where we look at all things Ireland and Europe.
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EP27 | In Conversation with Vice Admiral Mark Mellett
In the latest episode of Just the Chats we sit down with Chief of Staff of Ireland's Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, for a discussion on the key role played by the Defence Forces during the Covid-19 pandemic; Ireland, the EU and security and defence; multilateralism; diversity and inclusion in the Defence Forces and more. 
49:51
July 5, 2021
EP26 | In Conversation with Commissioner Mairead McGuinness
In this episode of Just the Chats we sit down with European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Unions, Mairead McGuinness for a discussion on her role as Commissioner to date, taking on the role as she did during the Covid-19 pandemic; her portfolio, financial sustainability and Brexit; her various roles to date in the European Parliament and Commission; her experience as a woman in high level, leadership positions and other aspects of her working life.
32:58
June 21, 2021
EP25 | Eurovision 2021: Music and Solidarity through Covid-19
For over six decades the Eurovision Song Contest has brought people across Europe together through what has been identified as the longest-running annual international televised music competition in the world, with over 40 countries now taking part regularly. However, while Eurovision aims to be politically neutral, it has often found itself at the centre of various debates and controversies around issues such as LGBTQI+ rights and equality. In this episode of Just the Chats, we explore the history of the renowned song contest, the music, impacts of Covid-19 and the social and political issues surrounding the contest. Sitting in for the discussion is Dónal Mulligan, lecturer and researcher at DCU’s School of Communications and Ciarán O’Driscoll, EM Ireland’s Policy and Research Officer, hosted by Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh, EM Ireland’s Head of Communications and Education.
38:28
May 17, 2021
EP24 | In Conversation with Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore has been the EU Special Representative for Human Rights since March 2019 and was recently re-appointed for a second two-year term. The tasks of the Special Representative for Human Rights are to enhance the effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy. He is the former Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has also served as the EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia. Listen to Eamon Gilmore's keynote address at a recent event hosted by the European Commission Representation in Ireland, in co-operation with European Movement Ireland, on his role as the EU’s Special Representative for Human Rights and on the EU’s role in the protection and promotion of Human Rights.
30:55
May 11, 2021
EP23 | 1 Year On: Team EMI on living and working in times of COVID
For the past 12 months, the European Movement Ireland team have been working remotely, having to adapt to the various challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this special episode of 'Just the Chats', our team reflects on their final days in the office in March 2020, and changes for the organisation in its digital outputs, communications and policy publications throughout the year. Noelle O Connell gives an in-depth insight into learnings and developments from a leadership perspective in her role as CEO of EM Ireland, and how COVID-19 has potentially impacted the future of general working life. The discussion is hosted by EM Ireland Digital Communications Manager, Ryan Levis, in conversation with CEO, Noelle O Connell; Deputy CEO, Stephen O'Shea; Head of Communications and Education, Lisa Nic An Bhreithimh; and Policy & Research Officer, Ciarán O'Driscoll.
46:31
March 12, 2021
Clár 22 | Stair, an t-am i láthair agus todhchaí na Gaeilge san Eoraip
Clár speisialta é seo de Just the Chats mar cheiliúradh ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2021. Shuigh ár gCeanasaí Cumarsáide agus Oideachais, Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh síos le painéal aíonna, atá nó a bhíodh ag obair leis na hInstitiúidí, i mbun cainte faoin Aontas Eorpach agus an Ghaeilge – stair agus todhchaí na Gaeilge san Eoraip, deiseanna fostaíochta do dhaoine le Gaeilge sna hInstitiúidí agus a saolta féin le Gaeilge ag obair don AE. Ar an bpainéal tá Seán Ó Neachtain, IarFheisire Parlaimint na hEorpa ar foilsíodh leabhar leis le déanaí dár teideal Ón Spidéal go Strasbourg; Julie O’Farrell, Dlítheangeolaí le Cúirt Bhreithiúnais an Aontais Eorpaigh; Aisling Ní Chatháin, Ateangaire sa Choimisiún Eorpach, Úna O’Connor, Ceann Aonaid Gníomhach i Seirbhís Aistriúcháin de cuid Ardrúnaíocht Comhairle an AEagus Jim Maher, Comhairleoir Cumarsáide Digití le Parlaimint na hEorpa. A special Irish language episode of Just the Chats to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge – a discussion on the Irish language in the EU, past and present, EU Job opportunities for Irish speakers and more!
01:04:49
March 1, 2021
EP21 | In Conversation with ESB CEO, Pat O'Doherty
Listen to a recent EMI Online Event between ESB CEO, Pat O'Doherty and EM Ireland CEO, Noelle O Connell. This event looked at the electric future for Ireland and Europe including electricity’s innovative role in facilitating a green recovery and meeting the climate commitments of the EU’s Green Deal. Pat O’Doherty is the CEO of ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company which has operations spanning electricity generation, transmission and distribution and supply. He has recently been appointed as President of Eurelectric, the federation for the European electricity industry.
01:03:29
February 18, 2021
EP20 | In Conversation with Denis Corboy
In this special episode of Just the Chats for the 67th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Council of the European Movement, which later become European Movement Ireland, we sit down with one of our distinguished founding members, Denis Corboy. Denis shares an account of the early days of the organisation, how it played a key role in Ireland’s Referendum on EEC Membership in 1972 and the political, social landscape of Ireland at the time. 
28:25
January 11, 2021
EP19 | EU Jobs: A Guide to Living and Working in Europe
In this special EU Jobs episode of Just the Chats, our CEO Noelle O Connell sits down with Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD, our own Graduate Jobs Programme manager, Ciarán Murray and two young Irish professionals working in the EU Institutions - Sophie McNamara, a language assistant with the European Commission, and Christopher Finn, a language editor on the Irish team of the Publications Office of the European Union. Our guests discuss the government’s priorities and strategy on EU Jobs, tips for those interested in applying for EU Jobs, an Ghaeilge and more - a must-listen for those interested in working in Brussels, Strasbourg or further afield!
40:60
December 9, 2020
EP18 | In Conversation with British Ambassador to Ireland, Paul Johnston
With Brexit negotiations reaching the endgame, Noelle O Connell sits down with newly appointed UK Ambassador to Ireland, Paul Johnston for an in-depth discussion on Brexit, his thoughts on the future of UK relations with Ireland, Europe and the US, his career as a diplomat to date and hopes and goals for his tenure as ambassador of the UK to Ireland.
53:08
November 23, 2020
EP17 | 30 Years of German Reunification: In Conversation with Ambassador Deike Potzel
In this episode of Just the Chats we take a look behind the curtain of Germany’s past and present in a frank and insightful conversation with the current German Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Deike Potzel. Our discussion explores 30 years of unity in Germany, lessons learned and recent commemorations of reunification; Germany’s current role as holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the German perspective on Brexit, the strong German-Irish relationship and the unique role of Germany in the EU.
39:42
October 8, 2020
EP16 | In Conversation with Naomi O'Leary (EM Ireland Brussels Branch Special)
In this EM Ireland Brussels Branch special episode of Just the Chats, we sit down with Naomi O’Leary, Europe Correspondent of the Irish Times, and David Garrahy, Chair of the EM Ireland Brussels Branch for their insights and analysis from Brussels. We delve into how Ireland is seen in Brussels and across the EU, the role that languages and multilingualism play in EU relations and how Ireland’s approach is sometimes from the Anglosphere. We look ahead to the European Council summit and Commissioner hearings later this week - including that of Mairead McGuinness, Commissioner-Designate for Ireland, we explore and analyse the latest Brexit developments, and talk frankly about new working and living norms in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Listeners based in Brussels can connect with the Brussels Branch and learn more about their work or get involved through their Facebook page here.
47:12
September 30, 2020
EP15 | In Conversation with Tomi Reichental
In this episode of Just the Chats, our CEO, Noelle O Connell, sits down for a very special and important conversation with one of the few Holocaust survivors still living in Ireland, the renowned Tomi Reichental. Tomi talks us through his life story - from growing up as a child in Slovakia, to his time at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp from when he was just nine years old, to his work and family life here in Ireland. He speaks about his earliest memories and ‘the whispers’ of antisemitism, through to more recent times speaking to people in Ireland and further afield about his experiences of World War II.  A deeply personal and insightful journey with a most esteemed EM Ireland guest, and a reminder of the importance of solidarity, respect and understanding in challenging times, and the pillars and values of peace on which the European Union was built.  Please note: This episode of Just the Chats features some detailed descriptions of our guest’s experience of the Holocaust that some listeners may find upsetting. Listeners’ discretion is advised. Music credit: Ailbhe Crowley
54:25
September 8, 2020
EP14 | Traversing the Transatlantic
As we tick closer to Election Day in the US, we are joined by David O’ Sullivan (who served as the Ambassador of the EU to the US from 2014 until 2019), and Suzanne Lynch (the current Irish Times’ Washington correspondent, and former Irish Times’ Brussels correspondent) for their insights on Trump’s America, Biden’s chances, and the US-EU relationship.  Disagreements exist between the EU and US on a whole host of pressing policy issues, such as how to combat the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, globalisation, international trade, climate change, defence and security to China and Iran. It is hard to imagine a time when the relationship between the EU and US was in a more challenging position.  Hosted by our CEO Noelle O Connell, we explore these topics with David and Suzanne in further detail, as well as providing predictions for November. 
57:46
August 18, 2020
EP13 | A Summer Like No Other For The EU
Enjoy listening to this ‘behind-the-scenes’, in-studio conversation, hosted by EM Ireland’s Executive Director, Noelle O Connell and Board members, Catherine Day, former Secretary-General of the European Commission and Rory Montgomery, former Second Secretary General at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Permanent Representative to the EU, who share their insights in a moderated discussion with Professor Gavin Barrett of the UCD Sutherland School of Law.   The webinar, broadcasting live from recording studios in Dublin, took place just before the special meeting of the European Council on 17/18 July, including discussion on the European Recovery Plan and the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, Brexit, climate change and the Green New Deal, and the EU’s relations with the US and China. The discussion looks forward to the future relationship between the new Government of Ireland and the EU in the years ahead. 
01:16:25
July 16, 2020
EP12 | In Conversation with European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly
We were delighted to host an online event with the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly.   Emily O’Reilly was first elected as the European Ombudsman in July 2013. Following the European Parliament elections, she was re-elected for a five year mandate in December 2014 and again in December 2019.  As the European Ombudsman she investigates maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.  Speaker Emily O'Reilly - European Ombudsman  Moderator Martina Fitzgerald   Hosted by Noelle O Connell - Executive Director, EM Ireland.
53:17
June 24, 2020
EP11 | In Conversation with Karen Banks
We were delighted to host our latest online event with Karen Banks, Deputy Director General of the Legal Service of the European Commission.  Prior to this position, Ms Banks was Director responsible for running the AGRI-FISH team of the Legal Service. She has also worked in the areas of competition law, social law, intellectual property and the external relations aspects of EU law.  Hosting this discussion was our Executive Director, Noelle O Connell.
44:42
June 24, 2020
EP10 | In Conversation with Andrew McDowell
During an exclusive European Movement Ireland webinar for our members, Vice President of the European Investment Bank, Andrew McDowell, was in conversation with our Chair, Maurice Pratt, and our Executive Director, Noelle O Connell. The discussion focused on how the EIB can best support business in Ireland during the COVID-19 crisis.
42:19
May 18, 2020
EP09 | Ireland and the EU 2020: The Analysis
Since 2013, European Movement Ireland has commissioned RED C Research to conduct this poll of the opinions of people across Ireland about Europe and the EU. As in previous years, the poll featured key insights into Ireland’s relationship with the EU – from how the EU has responded to the COVID-19 crisis to how we view EU trade deals, the refugee crisis and more. We were delighted to discuss the findings during a webinar on Thursday 30 April 2020. Speakers: Tony Connelly – RTÉ Europe Editor Dr. Katy Hayward – Queen’s University Belfast Noelle O Connell – Executive Director, EM Ireland Music credit: Ailbhe Crowley [DISCLAIMER: European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland). The views, information or opinions expressed during the Just the Chats podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of EM Ireland. EM Ireland is not responsible, and does not verify the accuracy of any of the information provided by speakers on the podcast series. The purpose of the podcast is to share opinions and inform. The podcast series is available for private and non-commercial use only. No one other than EM Ireland staff is permitted to edit or modify this podcast. EM Ireland assumes no liability for any activities in connection with this podcast series or for use of same in connection with any other website or organisation.]
43:31
May 5, 2020
EP08 | In Conversation with Lord David Puttnam
On 12 March 2020, we were delighted to get the opportunity to interview Lord David Puttnam. Speaking to our Executive Director, Noelle O Connell, David discusses digital technology and the phenomenon of ‘fake news’, his experience as a Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy, Anglo-Irish relations post-Brexit, the European migration crisis and much more (yes, we discuss films too!). “It will all come down to leadership and that in turn will all come down to young people. You have to hope that the current generation of young people have been sufficiently scarred and disappointed by the decisions made towards the latter part of my life, that they won’t make the same mistakes again”  Music credit: Ailbhe Crowley [DISCLAIMER: European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland). The views, information or opinions expressed during the Just the Chats podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of EM Ireland. EM Ireland is not responsible, and does not verify the accuracy of any of the information provided by speakers on the podcast series. The purpose of the podcast is to share opinions and inform. The podcast series is available for private and non-commercial use only. No one other than EM Ireland staff is permitted to edit or modify this podcast. EM Ireland assumes no liability for any activities in connection with this podcast series or for use of same in connection with any other website or organisation.]
41:31
April 6, 2020
EP07 | In Conversation with Claire Hanna MP
On 11 March 2020, we were delighted to get the opportunity to interview Claire Hanna - MP for Belfast South. Speaking to our Executive Director, Noelle O Connell, Claire discusses Brexit, the United Ireland question, what it is like to be an MP during this remarkable time and much more.  "The Good Friday Agreement is the lodestar for me and as John Hume always said, 'it’s about uniting people not uniting territory'".
38:56
March 18, 2020
EP06 | An tAontas Eorpach agus an Ghaeilge
Clár speisialta é seo de Just the Chats mar cheiliúradh ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Labhair ár mBainisteoir Cumarsáide agus Feachtas, Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh le hEimear Ní Bhroin, Oifigeach Cúrsaí Teangan le hIonadaíocht Choimisiún na hEorpa In Éirinn, le Mícheál Ó Conaire, Príomhoifigeach leis an Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta agus le hEoin Ó Catháin a bhfuil roinnt blianta caite aige ag obair sa Bhruiséil, agus phléigh siad uile an tAontas Eorpach agus an Ghaeilge. Labhair Eoin faoina shaol sa Bhruiséil go dtí seo ag obair i réimsí éagsúla agus ina dhiaidh sin labhair Eimear agus Mícheál faoi na deiseanna éagsúla ata ann do cheimithe ó Éirinn leis na hInstitiúidí Eorpacha agus faoin nasc tábhachtach atá ann idir an Ghaeilge agus an AE.  A special Irish language episode of Just the Chats to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge – a discussion about all things Gaeilge and Europe, EU Job opportunities for Irish graduates and more!  Ceol (Music Credit): Ailbhe Crowley.
34:32
March 2, 2020
EP05 | Ireland: Who We Are
In November 2019, European Movement Ireland held an event with Bonnie Greer and Miriam O'Callaghan in Dublin. During the audience Q&A, Áine Mulloy spoke openly and honestly about her experiences of racism in Ireland. We wanted to continue this conversation, so we invited Áine onto our podcast to discuss what she raised in further detail. This discussion was hosted by our Communications Manager, Lisa Nic An Bhreithimh, and involved our Communications Officer and Blue Star Programme Manager, Ryan Levis, and our Vice Chair and former Chief Commissioner of Irish Girl Guides, Jillian van Turnhout.  So listen in as we explore the importance of multiculturalism in Ireland, the role of social media in society, and how young people can lead the way in embracing diversity.
44:18
February 11, 2020
EP04 | Ambassadors Talk Ireland & Europe II
On our latest podcast, we are joined by two Ambassadors who discuss in detail how they have found their time in Ireland since beginning their terms as Ambassadors to Ireland. Hosted by our Executive Director, Noelle O Connell, we explore Croatia's key priorities as they hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU, and we get an outside of the EU perspective from Australia. We open the podcast by expressing our solidarity with the Australian Ambassador, in light of the terrible bush fires that have occurred down under these past few weeks. So many thanks to the Ambassador of Croatia to Ireland, Davor Vidis, and Ambassador of Australia to Ireland, Richard Andrews, for joining us for just a chat! Music credit: Ailbhe Crowley
39:39
January 23, 2020
EP03 | In Conversation With Bonnie Greer
American-British playwright, novelist and critic Bonnie Greer spoke to broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan at a sold out European Movement Ireland event in the National Concert Hall this evening, less than two months after her comments on BBC’s ‘Question Time’ in relation to the impact of Brexit on Ireland and the 'special' relationship between Ireland and the US went viral worldwide. In conversation with Miriam O Callaghan, Ms Greer spoke about the devastating impact Brexit is expected to have on Ireland and addressed the sensitive 'four-way' issue of Irish - UK - EU - US relations. She went on to discuss the current state of democracy worldwide and politics in the US as the 2020 US Election campaign gets underway. She spoke about her own work and what her influences over the years, one of which being her own move from the US to the UK in 1986. She concluded by looking forward to address the challenges of Brexit, and both the present and future of the UK and the European Union as a whole. So listen along to Bonnie, Miriam and our very own Noelle O Connell, as they speak to a live audience on an array of topics.  [DISCLAIMER: European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland). The views, information or opinions expressed during the Just the Chats podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of EM Ireland. EM Irealnd is not responsible, and does not verify the accuracy of any of the information provided by speakers on the podcast series. The purpose of the podcast is to share opinions and inform. The podcast series is available for private and non-commercial use only. No one other than EM Ireland staff is permitted to edit or modify this podcast. EM Ireland assumes no liability for any activities in connection with this podcast series or for use of same in connection with any other website or organisation.]
47:35
November 27, 2019
EP02 | Ambassadors talk Ireland and Europe!
On our latest podcast, we are joined by four Ambassadors who discuss in detail how they have found their time in Ireland since beginning their terms as Ambassadors to Ireland. Hosted by our Executive Director, Noelle O Connell, we explore Belgium's interesting position at the heart of Europe, Finland's current role as holding the Presidency of  the Council of the EU, the close links between France and Ireland, and the parallels between Germany's experience with reunification and how debate on unification on this island has developed. So many thanks to our Ambassador of France to Ireland, Stephane Crouzat; Ambassador of Belgium to Ireland Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw; Ambassador of Finland to Ireland Raili Lahnalampi; Ambassador of Germany to Ireland, Deike Potzel, for joining us for just a chat! Music credit: Ailbhe Crowley
43:37
November 4, 2019
EP01 | North, South And Across The Irish Sea
In April 2016, EM Ireland launched its online #PhoneAFriend voter registration drive urging people to reach out to friends and family eligible to vote in the UK’s EU referendum. Our campaign ‘Is Someone You Love in the Picture?’ encouraged Irish-born people who lived in the UK, and British citizens who lived in Ireland, to register to vote by the 7 June deadline ahead of the 23 June referendum. EM Ireland's voter registration campaign gained 3,358,763 impressions in the UK and 775,898 impressions in Ireland. Fast forward to now in October 2019, we are still discussing Brexit. For our inaugural podcast, we are joined by four guests who are all either living, studying or working on the two islands, as they describe their day-to-day lives with Brexit looming. So listen in with our Executive Director, Noelle O Connell, as she hosts a discussion between Claire Tighe, Charlie Power, Laragh Keane and Rory Guinness, on all things Brexit.  Music credit: Ailbhe Crowley
44:10
October 29, 2019