The IIEA provides members with policy insights, analysis and context to help shape vital decisions about Ireland’s strategic direction, policies and future.

Our role is to identify key European and international trends and priorities, which will inform the work of Ireland’s business leaders and decision makers.

Sharing Ideas and Shaping Policy

The IIEA’s unique convening power places the Institute at the centre of thought leadership in Ireland. The Institute brings together an extensive network of key players to share knowledge and insight from varied points of view.

Institute members support and contribute to the work of the Institute. By supporting the IIEA’s work to share ideas and shape policy, Institute members acknowledge the importance and relevance of our work, both for business and for the public interest. As part of a broader European and international network, the IIEA plays a central role defining Ireland’s position in Europe and the world.

The IIEA’s reputation for independence and public policy expertise attracts the highest level speakers, decision makers, and thought leaders at national, EU and global level.

The Institute’s working groups and research programme ensures that key international political developments and policy discussions are on the agenda in Ireland. Our Speaker Series brings high profile speakers from around the world to the Institute.

With over 100 speaker events per year the Institute’s complementary research and event programmes equip members with a comprehensive understanding of the debates that will define national, European and international policy.

Speakers at the Institute regularly include Irish Government Ministers, Foreign Affairs Ministers visiting Ireland, European Union Commissioners, leaders of International organisations and academics, among many others.

Recent notable addresses have been given by: Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, France, Robert Watt, Secretary General Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, The Right Hon Dominic Grieve QC, Former Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland, Catherine Day, Former Secretary-General of the European Commission, Paschal Donohoe, T.D., Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Verena Ross, Executive Director of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), Mairead McGuinness, First Vice President of the European Parliament, Sharon Donnery, Deputy Governor and Ed Sibley, Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation, Central Bank of Ireland among many others.

There are several categories of Institute membership. To join the IIEA please contact Fiona O’Sullivan at or call +353 (0)1 874 6756