The first European agency based in Ireland seeks better living and working conditions for Europeans.

On 26 May 1975 regulations were signed by the then European Community to establish the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.

In 1978 President Hillery officially opened the offices of the European Foundation at Loughlinstown in Dublin. Patrick Hillery had been Ireland's first European Commissioner. Speaking at the event he said

Nobody would deny that the economic progress is important for the people of Europe but the cost of that progress to their health and to the environment where they live should not be permitted to be excessive.

The first European agency to be based in Ireland, Eurofound, was set up to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe.

An RTÉ News report was first broadcast 3 October 1978. The reporter was Andrew Sheppard.