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Brendan O' Shea
Desk Officer Ireland

Originally from Mallow, Co Cork.

About your job: Providing coordination between DG MARE and Ireland on Community structural policy for the fisheries.

Why the EU? For the first part of my working life I was a naval officer in the Naval Service and very much involved in the implementation of Community Law. When the opening presented itself to take that experience to the Commission I considered it as an opportunity to advance my maritime skills and make a practical contribution.

How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? Ireland has been good for the EU and the EU has been good for Ireland. The two are intrinsically linked. The Community has given to Ireland a mechanism to have a global voice, strong economic support and hope for the future. Ireland has brought a balanced view to competing interests, enthusiasm and the energy of Irishness.

Based: Brussels

Languages: English, Irish and French

Books/Music: Ship Wreck on the Zahara (Sahara): An extraordinary account of endurance and survival by the crew of an American sail trading vessel shipwrecked on the coast of Mauritania.
Songs of Leonard Cohen:Great music - songs of mystery and meaning