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Irish People in the EU

There are Irish people working throughout every level of the European Union, in addition to those working in the Irish Representations of the Commission and the Parliament.

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Carmel Dunne
Press officer dealing with the Internal Market and Services

Originally from Mallow, Co. Cork.

About your job: I work in the Spokesperson's Service, monitoring the European press and dealing with journalists' queries in my area. The press area is a fast-moving and dynamic environment and no two days are the same.

Why the EU? I think my initial interest in working in the EU stemmed from my love of languages and my experience as an au pair in Germany when I was 17 - I just wanted to work abroad again for a while (that was more than 20 years ago and I am still here!)

How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? From the European Regional Development Fund which has helped improve roads and infrastructure in Ireland enormously; and from the European Social Fund which has helped to boost skills and get people back into training and jobs.

Based: Berlaymont building (the Commission's headquarters) in Brussels

Languages: I speak French well (I studied both French and German at school). I also speak some Dutch which I studied in the Flemish commune where I live and which I try to practise as much as I can. Although out of practice, I still have a good knowledge of Irish stored away. I would like to improve my German and learn Italian.