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The Institute of European Affairs was founded in 1991 as a self-governing body. The Institute is a registered, independent charity, and is independent of all political, economic and social interests. The Institute represents no sectoral viewpoint and expresses no corporate views of its own. Views expressed in the Institute's publications and at its conferences, seminars and briefings are those of the authors and speakers.

Governance Structure
Patron: Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland 

President: Brendan Halligan 
Chairperson: Ruairí Quinn 
Director General: Barry Andrews
Director of Research and Vice President for Global Affairs: Jill Donoghue 

Director of Administration: Fionnuala Keane 

Director of Finance:   Janice Epstein 
Board of Directors: Conor Brady, Brendan Butler, John Bruton, Brian Cowen, Pat Cox, Marie Cross, Catherine Day, David Gunning, Patrick Honohan, John Hume, Kevin Keary, Peter McLoone, Terry Neill, Terence O'Rourke, Ruairí Quinn, John Redmond, Frances Ruane.
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Secretary: John Redmond
Treasurer: Brendan Butler
Comité d’Honneur: Enda Kenny, John Bruton, David Byrne, Brian Cowen, Pat Cox, Ray MacSharry, Charles McCreevy, Michael O’Kennedy, Mary Robinson, Peter Sutherland, Mary McAleese, Bertie Ahern and Maire Geoghegan Quinn
Honorary Life Members: Adrian Burke, Professor Patrick Keatinge, Derry O‘Hegarty, Dr Con Power, Dr David Williamson and Geraldine Byrne Nason
Vice Presidents: Adrian Burke, Tom Haughey, Una O'Dwyer, Nora Owen
Senior Fellows: Tony Brown, Pat Cox, Marie Cross, Paul Gallagher, Eamon Gilmore, Katherine Meenan, Pádraig Murphy