Meet The Team

Pat Cox, Director

Pat CoxPat is a former President of the European Parliament and currently advisor to a number of companies on innovation policy and sustainable health care financing in the EU. For the duration of the Lisbon referendum campaign in Ireland, he has stepped down from his role as President of the International European Movement.

Brigid Laffan,Chairperson

Brigid LaffanBrigid is Principal of the College of Human Sciences, University College Dublin and former Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics UCD. Professor Laffan has written extensively on the European Union.

Brendan Halligan, Campaign Co-ordinator

Brendan Halligan is an economist who was educated at UCD.  He is currently the Chairman of The Sustainable Development Authority (SEI) and of the Institute of International and European Affairs.  He is a member of the Board of Mainstream Renewable Power, a renewable energy company.  Previously he was Chairman of Board na Mona. During the course of his political career he was General Secretary of the Labour Party (1967-1980).  He was appointed to the Senate in 1973 and won a By-Election in 1976.  He was a member of the European Parliament for 1983/4.   He is published widely in European Affairs, contributing to many books and reports published by the Institute for International and European Affairs.  He was Chairman of the European Movement in the 1980’s and was Adjunct Professor of European Affairs at the University of Limerick (1990/2000).

Andrew Byrne, Chief of Operations

Andrew ByrneAndrew graduated as a scholar of Trinity College in History and Political Science in 2007. After being elected President of Trinity Students’ Union, he worked full-time in that position in 2007 and 2008, focusing on improving student facilities and welfare. In 2007 he was the voluntary Head Organiser of the European Youth Parliament’s International Conference in Dublin. Before joining Ireland For Europe in June, Andrew taught International History at the Irish Centre for Talented Youth in DCU, worked in public affairs research and was the founder and Director of Generation YES an organisation targeting 18 – 30 year olds with a positive message about Europe. In his free time Andrew enjoys running, swimming and film.

Caroline Erskine, Communications Director

Caroline is a former political correspondent and a news and current affairs presenter/reporter with RTE and with Century Radio. She is a former Chairperson of the Association of European Journalists (Irish section). From 2002 until May 2009 she was Communications and Media Relations consultant with the National Forum on Europe, during which time she produced several films on Ireland in the European Union. Caroline is married to musician and screenwriter Barry Devlin. They have two sons and a daughter and live in Dublin.

Declan McSweeney, Treasurer

Declan Mc Sweeney has over 30 years experience in banking , including 28 years with AIB where he was Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2005. Prior to joining AIB he worked with KPMG in Ireland and the USA.In 2007-08 he was the Chief Financial Officer of Home Credit Group, the international consumer finance arm of PPF, the largest financial services organisation in the Czech Republic. He has been a director of Genesis Lease Ltd. since 2007. Genesis is a NYSE quoted aircraft
leasing company. Declan is a Chartered Accountant and served two terms as the Republic of Ireland member on the UK Financial Reporting Council from 1996 to 2002.He is a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and UCD.

Iain Bennett, Accountant

Iain trained as an accountant with KPMG and qualified in 1984 as a chartered certified accountant. He has had a career in property investment, banking & finance consultancy 2000 to date. He was President of the Leinster Society of Certified Accountants 1993 – 94 and is married to Mary (nee Fahy) since 1985. 5 children.

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