Identity Statement for Irish Council of the European Movement Archives

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P204
  • Title: Records of Irish Council of the European Movement
  • Dates: 1948–80
  • Level of description: Fonds
  • Extent: 15 boxes
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Institutional History

Founded in 1955 as a branch of the International European Movement established in 1948, ICEM has performed the core function of promoting European integration as a non-governmental organisation; and played a major role in creating in Ireland an environment susceptible to the country joining an enlarged European Community in 1972. It conducted a futher significant education and information programme in advance of the first direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979. It routinely promotes study and research; organises meetings and conferences; and disseminates information and publicity material on the European project. It is now known as the European Movement Ireland.

Archival History

This collection was originally housed in the library of the University of Limerick from where it was transferred to UCD Archives in November 2003.


Scope and Content

Material relating to the foundation and development of ICEM, to its education and information remit, and to its central involvement in the campaigns towards Ireland's entry into the European Community (1972) and the first direct elections to the European Parliament (1979). Material concerning its involvement with the International European Movement.


  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in microform.
  • Language: English and French.
  • Finding aid: Descriptive catalogue
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