(c) 2016 Mount Merrion Historical Society
8.00pm, Thursday 3rd October, 2019
Mount Merrion Community Centre
Illustrated talk by Catherine Day
Ireland and the EU:
past, present and uncertain future
Catherine will talk about how the EU has evolved since Ireland joined in 1973 and will discuss how Ireland has changed in response to its EU membership. She will cover the reasons leading up to the Brexit vote in 2016 and will look at the options for the UK outside the EU. She will also explore how the EU will change once the UK has left and what those changes are likely to mean for Ireland. Her talk will provide the context for a discussion which will follow and allow for an update on the unfolding drama in London
Catherine Day joined the European Commission in 1979. She worked in Cabinets of Mr. Richard Burke (1982-1984), Mr. Peter Sutherland (1985-1989), Sir Leon Brittan (1989-1996) whom she served as deputy Chef de Cabinet. In 2005, Catherine was appointed Secretary General of the European Commission. She served two terms with President Jose Manuel Barroso and continued with his successor Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker until she retired in 2015.