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Research programme Officer / Environmental Technologies and pollution prevention

Originally from County Dublin.

About your job: Our research programme on the Environment gives financial support to projects that help understand, monitor and solve Environmental problems, including those linked to climate change. I deal with projects that help protect and improve our built environment and cultural heritage

Why the EU? The job combines several of my interests. The ability to use my engineering background and work in the field of construction. It enables having a European perspective in the area of research and innovation. It involves using languages and meeting and working with so many different people and cultures.

How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? Ireland's economy has benefited but so has its infrastructure. In the 70's it would take forever to travel from Dublin to Galway by road or to other parts of the country. Now it's the traffic generated by the improved road network that causes the delay.

Based: Brussels

Languages: In addition to English and (rusty) Irish I speak 2 other languages.
French I learnt at school but I grew to love it after a long summer spent working in Switzerland as a student. I later took evening classes in the Alliance Française in Dublin for 3 years and subsequently had a chance to use and practice it when working in Germany and in Africa, before moving to Brussels.
German I learnt ....for survival!!...whilst working in Germany for two and a half years.
I have a small smattering of other languages

Books/Music: I probably spend more time browsing over my books on gardening and flowers (as this is one of my passions) than reading novels but I am fascinated to read about people's lives and I enjoy a good biography. I am however also a real fan of Jane Austen, "Persuasion" being one of my favourites. I am a lover of most types of music, classical, opera, jazz and still love 70s pop music as it reminds me of those growing up years but James Taylor's Mud Slide Slim is an album I continue to listen to often.