Minister for European Affairs launches new book on EU Law in Ireland

DIT announces new course in EU Law in Ireland


1st June 2011

The Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton T.D., was in DIT Aungier Street yesterday to launch “EU law in Ireland” a new book by Dr. Elaine Fahey of DIT’s School of Social Science and Law.   In addition to the launch of the book DIT also launched a new course of the same name – EU Law in Ireland.

In this new publication Dr. Elaine Fahey examines the fundamental concepts of EU Law and their impact on the Irish legal system following the Lisbon treaty.  The book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive collection of materials, including relevant primary legislation, constitutional texts and key jurisprudence.

There is currently a dearth of research as to the operation of European Union law in the Irish courts. The standard published texts in European Union law do not include any materials as to the Irish legal order and research considering the operation of European Union Law in the national courts has frequently excluded data as to Ireland on the basis of a paucity of case law.   The launch of this new book EU Law in Ireland should go some way towards closing the gap.


Commenting on the publication, Minister Creighton said:  "I am delighted to have been asked by Dr. Fahey to launch her book “EU law in Ireland”. It provides a valuable insight and guide to the post-Lisbon legal situation in this country and is an extremely welcome addition to the public record. This publication will be of major interest and practical use to students, academics, practitioners and Government and public servants, both in Ireland and Brussels."

Speaking at the event Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan congratulated Dr. Fahey for putting such a well argued focus on EU Law in an Irish context : “This  book contains an examination of many fundamental concepts of EU law and its impact on the Irish legal system  It will be invaluable not only for academics but also for practitioners.”

Dr. Elaine Fahey is a faculty member in DIT’s School of Social Sciences and Law.   She is author of numerous articles and publications including Practice and Procedure in Preliminary References to Europe: 30 Years of Article 234 EC Case-LAW FROM THE Irish Courts (2007).


The book launch was followed by the announcement of a new course on EU Law in Ireland in DIT.  Funded by the European Commission Jean Monnet Programme Lifelong Learning Initiative (2010-2013), the course is available as a module on DIT’s BA programme in Law, and also as a stand-alone Continuing Professional Development course.

The course is a unique combination of EU law and its domestic impact in Ireland. The course lecturer, Dr. Elaine Fahey, describes the course content as having an Irish Law focus, rather than a traditional course in EU Law.  Applications are invited in particular from those who require a “refresher course” or “upskilling” course in EU law, those who have never studied European Integration before and those who are interested in EU affairs generally, working in law related capacities.  For further information see

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EU Law in Ireland – a module funded by the Jean Monnet Lifeling Learning Initiative (EU Legal Studies)

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