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Jim Morrissey
Nuclear Inspector at Euratom

Originally from Cork, Passage West.

About your job: The role of the nuclear inspectorate is to ensure the safeguards enshrined in the Euratom Treaty are maintained. This requires that all nuclear materials are accounted for at hundreds of facilities throughout Europe including some in Ireland. My job thus involves a lot of travelling to interesting sites on inspections. The job demands very high standards which can be very unforgiving if not met, but with interesting colleagues in a high tech world.

Why the EU? Having grown up in a sea port the lure of foreign travel is in my blood and I have an openess to new experiences. The research facilities of the Commission allow Irish people to have careers in areas not available at home. The reason I have chosen my current position is to gain experience in the nuclear field which I believe is important for our future.

How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? We lost our inferiority complex and gained Ryanair.

Based: Directorate General for Transport and Energy in Luxembourg

Languages: I speak Dutch, French, Irish and some German. The Irish and French I learned at school and used working in Ireland. The Dutch I learned while working at the Commission's nuclear research reactor at Petten in The Netherlands and the German I've only just begun.

Books/Music: "On the beach" by Neville Shute. This book captures the mood of the late fifties and is an example of wonderful prose by a master storyteller.