Young Professionals Network

About IIEA’s YPN

The IIEA’s Young Professionals’ Network (YPN) is a forum which attracts young professionals between the ages of 20 and 35 to engage with leading thought leaders from politics, business, and the media in an informal after-work setting.

Our Mission: To engage, develop and connect young professionals interested in public policy and international affairs

Engage: The YPN gives its members insight into current developments in Irish and international affairs. Members have the opportunity to ask questions of, and present ideas to, leading policymakers and thought leaders.

Develop: The YPN builds its members’ capacity to contribute to public policy, and develops their understanding of international affairs

Connect: The YPN connects its members with likeminded and innovative future leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Who We Are: The YPN draws members from a wide range of backgrounds, including the civil service, NGOs, the legal profession, journalism, embassy officials, academia and the private sector.

To join the YPN and to receive updates on future events, or for more information, please contact

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Previous speakers at the YPN include: Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament; Lisa Chambers TD, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit; Danny McCoy, CEO of Ibec; Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland; Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of the Digital Hub; Arthur Beesley, Ireland Correspondent with the Financial Times; and Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.  

Membership Rate: Free of charge

Upcoming Events

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ypn Past Events

14th May 2021

YPN: Brexit and the Future of EU Reporting in Ireland

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic argues that the world, and indeed European citizens, see the European Union through a distorted lens due to the biggest sources of EU news being concentrated outside of the bloc.
13th January 2021

2020 YPN Christmas Special

Following a truly unprecedented year, IIEA is delighted to bring together a panel of experts and commentators for our annual Young Professionals Network (YPN) Christmas Special.
29th September 2020

YPN WEBINAR: Ireland, the US and the 2020 Race for the White House

Suzanne Lynch discusses the 2020 race for the White House as we enter less than 50 days to polling day.
11th September 2020

YPN WEBINAR: The Economy, Culture and Sport: The way back post-COVID-19

This YPN webinar gathers a panel of experts and commentators to share their thoughts on the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy, culture and sports in Ireland.