A family day of fun at Farmleigh celebrates 50 years since the foundation of the European Union.

The European Union (EU) was established as the European Economic Community (EEC) under the Treaty of Rome in 1957. The union was established following World War II to prevent such a conflict ever tearing Europe apart again. 

To mark 50 years since its establishment, a family day was held at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. 

A family day of music, dance and fun was held at Farmleigh in Dublin today to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of what is now the European Union. 

The celebrations were marked with representatives from all the EU countries showing off their wears and talents, it was a fitting occasion for the announcement of a new conflict resolution unit. Through this unit, Ireland will attempt to share its expertise gained through the peace process. Commenting on the new European initiative, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern said

We'll be using it to help other war-torn parts of the world to learn from the experience that the Irish have had in our own peace process.

The conflict resolution efforts will be supported by a new annual fund of €25 million. An academic centre for conflict resolution will also be established, as well as new scholarships and a system of roving ambassadors. 

The government says that the Irish peace process has sent a message across the world that conflict, however, ingrained, can be overcome and the hope is that this new unit can build on that.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 July 2007. The reporter is Bethan Kilfoil.