Julie Sinnamon New Chair of European Movement Ireland
18th June 2021
European Movement Ireland, the longest established NGO in Ireland dealing with Irish – European affairs, recently announced that Julie Sinnamon, former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, and native of Co. Down, has taken over as Chair of its Board of Directors, succeeding Maurice Pratt.
CEO of EM Ireland, Noelle O Connell paid tribute to outgoing Chair Maurice Pratt and welcomed incoming Chair of EM Ireland, Julie Sinnamon. On the recent announcement, Noelle said: “Julie brings a wealth and breadth of experience and insights from a distinguished career, most recently and notably as CEO of Enterprise Ireland. Ireland’s future in the EU post-Brexit, the post-Covid recovery and the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe are the key issues that will guide EM Ireland’s work in the coming months and years. Julie’s expertise and leadership will be invaluable as we continue our work to develop the connections between Ireland and Europe.’’
Commenting on her appointment, Julie Sinnamon said: “At this important time for Ireland’s relationship with Europe, I am privileged to become the Chair of EM Ireland, an organisation with a strong record of promoting and enhancing Irish – European relations. European Movement Ireland plays a critical role in shaping and facilitating the conversation on European matters here in Ireland and providing a platform to ensure Irish voices at an EU level. I am grateful to Maurice for his visionary leadership during his time as Chair and wish him well in the next chapter. As the new Chair of EM Ireland, I look forward very much to working closely with all our members and stakeholders, our experienced and dedicated voluntary Board of Directors, our committed CEO, Noelle O Connell and the EMI team to continue to develop connections between Ireland and Europe.’’
Outgoing Chair, Maurice Pratt commented: “I am delighted to be handing over the reins to someone of Julie’s stature and experience and wish her every success in the role. I would like to thank and pay tribute to the highly motivated EM Ireland Board, its members and dedicated staff members for their commitment and hard work. I wish them all continued success in their important work in the years ahead.”