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The European Dimension in Irish Education after Brexit - A national symposium

Tue, 10 May 2022 to Wed, 11 May 2022

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 to Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 to 18:00
Duration: 2 Days
Contact: Joachim Fischer -
Location: KBG-12, Ireland


The European Dimension in Irish Education after Brexit

A national symposium

University of Limerick, 10-11 May 2022

Organizer: Jean Monnet Chair of European Cultural Studies, Centre for European Studies at the University of Limerick

In co-operation with: Office of the Minister for European Affairs Office, Department of Foreign Affairs; Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science; European Parliament Liaison Office, Dublin; European Commission Representation, Dublin; Irish Humanities Alliance; Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies; Higher Education Authority, International section; University of Limerick UL50; Embassy of France in Dublin.

Venue: KBG-12, University of Limerick.  The Symposium is an in-person event but will also be live streamed.

Date: 10/11 May 2022 to mark 50 years of the Referendum to pass the third amendment to the Irish constitution permitting the State to join the European Communities on 10 May 1972

The event is part of the UL50 anniversary programme.


9.30     Welcome by Máiréad Moriarty, Vice President Global and Community Engagement, UL

9.40     Keynote Addresses: The Role of Education in Communicating Europe

Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne

David O’Sullivan (IIEA [online])

Stefan Zotti (Jean Monnet Unit DG EAC [online])  

10.30   Coffee

11.00   Session I: European Studies in Primary Education

Chair: Emer Ring (Mary Immaculate College)

Panel I

Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh (Blue Star Programme/EM Ireland); Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan (BFGtoEU/UCC); Trish Collier (Kilmurry NS); Máiréad Ní Bhriain (MIC); Tracy Curran (NCCA); Mauve Carbonell (Aix-Marseille)      

12.00   Open forum on Primary Education

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Session II: European Studies in Second Level Education

            Chair: Brian Mooney

Panel II

Ger O’Sullivan (NCCA); Karen Ruddock (PPLI); Eimear Ní Bhroin (European Commission Representation Ireland); Patrick O’Riordan (EP Liaison Office, Dublin); Emma Grainger (Léargas); Catherine McGing (Laurel Hill Secondary School/PASTAI); Markus Herschbach (EUF)             

15.10   Open forum on Second Level Education

16.00   Session III: The European Dimension in Teacher Education

Chair: Brenda Maher (Jean Monnet Unit Teacher Actions, Brussels)

Panel III

Geraldine Mooney Simmie (UL) and Silvia Edling (Gävle, Sweden); Conor Galvin (UCD); Christian Kaunert (DCU); Emmanuelle Schön-Quinliven (UCC); Phil Fox (Teaching Council); Sigrid Rieuwerts (University of Mainz, Germany)

17.00   Open Forum on Teacher Education

18.00   Book launch of Murphy, T. and Mannix McNamara, P. (eds), International Perspectives on Teacher Well-being and Diversity: Portals into Innovative Classroom Practice. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2021 Introduced by Gerry Jeffers and Silvia Edling.

Followed by Reception

20.00   Dinner in Plassey House


9.30     Opening Remarks DAY 2: Further and Higher Education by Kerstin Mey, President of University of Limerick

9.45     Keynote Address: The European Dimension in Further and Higher Education

Minister of State at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Niall Collins

10.00   Session IV: Teaching European Studies at Third Level (in co-operation with the Irish Humanities Alliance)

Chair: Michael Cronin (IHA/TCD)

Panel IV

Joachim Fischer (Centre for European Studies, UL); Clemens Ruthner (European Studies, TCD); Bryan Maguire (QQI); Catherine O’Leary (SAHA [online]; Werner Reinhart (EUF)

11.00   Coffee

11.20   Session V: Perspectives for Research in European Studies (in cooperation with Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies)

Chair: Jonathan Evershed (IACES/UCD)

Panel V

Mary C. Murphy (UCC); David Phinnemore (QUB); Giada Lagana (Cardiff University); Andrew Glencross (ESPOL, Université Catholique de Lille)

12.20   Open Forum on Third Level Education

            Chair: Sheena Duffy (HEA)

13.20   Lunch

14.20   Session VI: Developing European Citizenship in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education

            Chair: Aoife McGarry (DFA)

Panel VI

Rory Harte (EM Ireland); Jemma Lee (Léargas); Patricia Anne Moore (Clare Older People's Council); Nathalie de Hertog (EP Liaison Office, Den Haag); Benoît Berthou (Sorbonne, Paris)

15.20   Open Forum on Europe in Lifelong Learning / Citizens’ Dialogues

16.20   Session VII: The way forward for European Studies in Irish education

Chair: Ian McKenna (DFHERIS)

Panel VII

Reports from Rapporteurs from Open Fora followed by Concluding Discussion

17.00   Closing remarks


The Symposium is an in-person event but will also be live streamed.

It is open to the public. The subsidized registration fee for both days, including lunches and coffees, is €50.

Registration is via this link:

For further information on registration, contact: or call 061 234178.

Further information on the Symposium from the organizer:

The generous support of the Communicating Europe Initiative, the Higher Education Authority, the Irish Humanities Alliance, the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies and the Embassy of France in Dublin is gratefully acknowledged.

Panellists and Chairs (in alphabetical order)

  • Benoît Berthou is Director of the Continuous Education Department in Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
  • Mauve Carbonell holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration History and is Lecturer in History at Aix-Marseille University. 
  • Trish Collier is Principal of Kilmurry National School, Lisarda, Co. Cork.
  • Michael Cronin is Professor of French (1776) at Trinity College Dublin.
  • Tracy Curran is Education Officer in the area of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the NCCA.
  • Nathalie de Hertog is PR Officer in European Parliament Liaison Office in The Hague.
  • Silvia Edling is Professor of Curriculum Theory at the University of Gävle, Sweden.
  • Sheena Duffy is Senior Manager of International Programmes at the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
  • Jonathan Evershed is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin and Chair of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES).
  • Joachim Fischer holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Cultural Studies and is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Limerick.
  • Phil Fox is Deputy Director of the Teaching Council.
  • Conor Galvin is Lecturer in Education and director of the Jean Monnet Teacher Education Project Climate Resilience, Citizenship, Heritage, and Common Values in the European Dimension of Teaching at University College Dublin.
  • Andrew Glencross is Associate Professor (Maître de conférences) of Political Science and Deputy Director for International Affairs at the European School of Political and Social Sciences (ESPOL), Université Catholique de Lille.
  • Emma Grainger is Manager of the Strategic Initiatives section at Léargas.
  • Rory Harte is Head of Strategy and Conference on the Future of Europe lead, European Movement Ireland.
  • Markus Herschbach is Lecturer in Art and Visual Media Education at the Europa Universität Flensburg.
  • Gerry Jeffers is an education consultant, lecturer and writer.
  • Christian Kaunert is Professor of International Security, holder of a Jean Monnet Chair and director of the Jean Monnet Teacher Education Project EUACADEMY at Dublin City University.
  • Giada Lagana is Lecturer in Politics at Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics (LAWPL) and is the Vice President of IACES.
  • Jemma Lee is Senior Support & Development Officer in the area of Adult Education within Léargas.
  • Bryan Maguire is Director of Integration with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).
  • Brenda Maher is Project Officer for Jean Monnet Unit Teacher Actions at DG EAC, Brussels.
  • Patricia Mannix McNamara is Professor and Head of the School of Education at the University of Limerick.
  • Aoife McGarry is Director responsible for EU Institutions and Coordination within the EU Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Catherine McGing is a Politics and Society Teacher at Laurel Hill College, Limerick and a member of the Executive of the Politics and Society Teachers Association of Ireland (PASTAI).
  • Ian McKenna is Principle Officer in the International Cooperation Unit of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.
  • Kerstin Mey is President of the University of Limerick.
  • Brian Mooney is an education columnist in the Irish Times.
  • Geraldine Mooney Simmie is Senior Lecturer and Director of EP∙ISTEM National Centre for STEM Education at the University of Limerick.
  • Patricia Anne Moore is a member of Clare Older People's Council and was, until her retirement, centrally involved in the University of Limerick’s Lifelong Learning activities.
  • Máiréad Moriarty is Vice President Global and Community Engagement at the University of Limerick.
  • Mary C. Murphy hold a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and is Senior Lecturer in Politics at University College Cork.
  • Timothy Murphy is Lecturer in Education at the University of Limerick.
  • Máiréad Ní Bhriain is Lecturer in French at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
  • Eimear Ní Bhroin is Language Affairs Officer at the European Commission Representation in Ireland.
  • Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh is Head of Communications and Education, European Movement Ireland.
  • Catherine O’Leary is Professor of Spanish at the University of St Andrews and Co-Chair of the Scottish Arts and Humanities Alliance.
  • Patrick O’Riordan is Public Relations Office at the European Parliament Liaison Office Dublin.
  • David O’Sullivan is Director General of the Institute for International and European Affairs. He was Secretary General of the European Commission 2000-2005 and Ambassador of the EU to the United States 2014-2019. 
  • Ger O’Sullivan is Education Officer with the NCCA.
  • David Phinnemore is Professor of European Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Werner Reinhart is President of the Europa Universität Flensburg.
  • Sigrid Rieuwerts is Senior Lecturer (Privatdozentin) in the Dept. of English and Linguistics and Commissioner for Scotland at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.
  • Emer Ring is Professor and Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
  • Karen Ruddock is Director of Post Primary Languages Ireland
  • Clemens Ruthner is Assistant Professor of German and Course Director of the BA European Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
  • Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan is Lecturer in Politics, holder of a Jean Monnet Chair and director of the Jean Monnet Teacher Education Project European Active Citizenship at University College Cork. She also led the Jean Monnet project Big Friendly Guide to the EU.
  • Stefan Zotti is Head of the Jean Monnet Unit at DG EAC, Brussels.