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.

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News & Events

  • MEP Kelly hosts Limerick event to mobilise investment for Irish business +

    The EU Investment Plan - Opportunities for the Regions - Friday, 28 April, 9am-11am, Limerick Seán Kelly MEP is bringing EU funding Read More
  • Roam like at home: Final hurdle to abolish roaming fees today – Seán Kelly MEP +

    "The European Parliament will today ensure that we cross the final hurdle to abolish mobile roaming charges in the EU," Read More
  • Brexit: Ireland’s special circumstances recognised - FG MEPs +

    Fine Gael MEPs Seán Kelly (South), Mairead McGuinness (Midlands North West), Brian Hayes (Dublin) and Deirdre Clune (South) have welcomed Read More
  • FG MEPs meet Irish Road Hauliers ahead of Brexit negotiations +

    The four Fine Gael MEPs Seán Kelly (South), Mairead McGuinness (Midlands North West), Brian Hayes (Dublin) and Deirdre Clune (South) Read More
  • Brexit: Border issue is a clear priority for Ireland and EU27 - MEP Kelly +

    Ensuring no hard border returns between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is a clear priority for Ireland and Read More
  • "High time to end bi-annual clock change” - MEP Kelly +

    Ahead of the clocks going forward an hour at 1am on Sunday morning (26 March) in keeping with the bi-annual Read More
  • Ireland has lowest share of female graduates in engineering, manufacturing & construction - Efforts needed to promote engineering career opportunities for women +

    MEP for Ireland South and leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly, has called for strengthened efforts Read More
  • A few words on the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of Croke Park +

    Tempus Fugit - how time flies! It is hard to imagine that it is ten years since the first ‘foreign game’ Read More
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  • 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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