Since Ireland joined the then EEC in 1973, we have gone from being the poorest Member State with only 57% of the average EU GDP, to one of the wealthiest in the EU, even after the terrible effects of the financial and economic crisis.

EU funds have transformed Ireland. Below, I have compiled detailed information on current funds, including the aims of the funds and how to access them.

Ireland receives just under €2 billion in funds from EU coffers per annum, with the majority nowadays going to support the agriculture industry.

EU funds have built much of our "hard" infrastructure including our national roads and motorways, rail, ports, sewerage treatment infrastructure and broadband, permitting our export-oriented economy to be one of the most productive and competitive in the world.

EU funds have also contributed to our "soft" infrastructure, with our universities, ITs, PLC colleges and Fás/Solas Training Centres deploying thousands of courses funded by the European Social Fund, as well as the Lifelong Learning, ERASMUS, Leonardo de Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig programmes.

EU funds continue to seed entrepreneurship locally and nationally, with the Enterprise Boards providing assistance and capital for innovative start-ups and the LEADER programme providing funding for rural development.

Finally, EU funds are driving research and innovation in our universities, ITs and research institutes such as the Marine Institute through the €80 billion Horizon 2020 programme. Horizon 2020 is crucial for the future sustainability of our knowledge economy.

Newsletter

News & Events

  • Storm Ophelia: MEP Kelly discusses Solidarity Funding with EU Commission +

    MEP for Ireland South and leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly, this morning met with officials Read More
  • MEPs back mandatory infrastructure for electric vehicles– Sean Kelly MEP +

    The European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) has voted for mandatory electro mobility requirements in buildings as Read More
  • Ireland's house prices second fastest-growing in EU - MEP Kelly calls for regional investment +

    Ireland's house prices are the second fastest-growing in the EU, according to Seán Kelly MEP. New data released by Eurostat Read More
  • Fine Gael MEPs congratulate Foróige on European Citizen's Prize +

    Fine Gael MEPs Seán Kelly, Mairead McGuinness, Brian Hayes and Deirdre Clune have congratulated Ireland's leading youth organisation, Foróige – Read More
  • Seán Kelly MEP chairs EU Funding event in Cork +

    The European Parliament Information Office together with Seán Kelly MEP hosted a special briefing on "EU Funding Opportunities" today in Cork, at Read More
  • End of excess Intra-EU phone charges +

    Excessive charges on so-called "Intra-EU" phone calls, or the tariffs applied to fixed and mobile calls from one EU Member Read More
  • Liam Cosgrave: "A brave & intelligent leader" - Seán Kelly MEP +

    Seán Kelly MEP and Leader of the Fine Gael Delegation in the European Parliament has paid tribute to former Taoiseach Read More
  • Brexit: FG MEPs call for “less grandstanding, more engagement” +

    The four Fine Gael MEPs are calling for less grandstanding and more engagement by the UK in the ongoing Brexit Read More
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Jargon Buster

  • Special EU Programmes Body +

    Special EU Programmes Body ... In 1994, following the announcement of the IRA Ceasefire, the then President of the Commission Jacques Delors, Read More
  • European Financial Stability Fund +

    European Financial Stability Fund ... On the night of the 9th of May 2010, the European Council - the summit of EU leaders, Read More
  • Erasmus Programme +

    Erasmus Programme ... Travel broadens the mind and education fills it, so what better way to expand your horizons than to travel Read More
  • Leonardo da Vinci +

    Leonardo da Vinci is arguably history's most famous artist and inventor, known equally for the Mona Lisa as for providing blueprints Read More
  • Rapporteur +

    Rapporteur is a word often heard around the European Parliament. Derived from the French, it simply means "author of a report". Read More
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