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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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Janet O'Shaughnessy
Assistant to a Director, DG Environment

Originally from Dublin (beside the Phoenix Park).

About your job: I monitor and coordinate Human Resources and budget implementation in the Directorate. I coordinate the directorate's input to the planning and programming of the Directorate General. Varied tasks, interesting people and personal interest in the policy – I work in DG Environment - the greatest challenge is to provide input at the right time and to coordinate without adding an extra layer of administration.

Why the EU? More opportunity to develop career than in Dublin. My present role allows me to have a perspective on different elements (HR, Budget, Policy).

How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? Ireland has become an equal among the Member States and this is reflected in the confidence of the population; the financial assistance received by Ireland from the different funds gave the necessary impetus/foundation for the Ireland we see today.

Based: Brussels, Directorate General for the Environment

Languages: 3 - English, French and Dutch. I learnt French in Dublin at school and continued in the Alliance Française - Kildare St. Dutch, I learnt here in the Commission training programme.

Books/Music: The Sea, the Sea (Iris Murdoch) fabulously complicated like most of her books.
Moondance (Van Morrisson) - I can sing all the songs and the album puts me back there in time.