European Movement Ireland has today announced that Julie Sinnamon, the former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, has taken over as Chair of its Board of Directors, succeeding Maurice Pratt.

European Movement Ireland is the longest established non-government organisation (NGO) in Ireland dealing with Irish and European affairs.

The CEO of EM Ireland, Noelle O'Connell, said that Julie Sinnamon joins the Board of European Movement Ireland as its new Chair at a crucial time for Irish-EU relations.

"Julie brings a wealth and breadth of experience and insights from a distinguished career, most recently and notably as CEO of Enterprise Ireland," she said.

"Ireland's future in the EU post-Brexit, the post-Covid recovery and the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe are the key issues that will guide EM Ireland's work in the coming months and years.

"Julie’s expertise and leadership will be invaluable as we continue our work to develop the connections between Ireland and Europe," she added.

Julie Sinnamon said that EM Ireland is an organisation with a strong record of promoting and enhancing Irish-European relations.

"European Movement Ireland plays a critical role in shaping and facilitating the conversation on European matters here in Ireland and providing a platform to ensure Irish voices at an EU level," she added.

Outgoing Chair Maurice Pratt said he had always been conscious of the important role EM Ireland played in EU-Ireland relations since its establishment in 1954.

"We have worked continuously to build on that legacy and shape those relations in a constructive and beneficial way. In the recent past, much of our work has understandably focused on Brexit," he said.

"As Ireland looks ahead to its future in a post-Brexit and hopefully a post-Covid EU, I have no doubt that EM Ireland will be at the forefront of the debate on what that future will look like," he added.