International Policy Division

Department’s EU and International Work

Virtually every division in the Department has some involvement in EU and international matters.  As policy matters often cross divisional as well as departmental boundaries, a high degree of consultation and co-ordination both within the Department and between government departments is involved.

International Policy Division

Among the key objectives of the International Policy Division (IPD) are to:

  • represent Ireland’s interests in justice, home affairs and equality matters in the EU and other international fora
  • facilitate greater governmental and Oireachtas engagement on Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) matters, in line with the provisions of the programme for Government
  • service two Council Working Parties on Schengen and ensure appropriate Irish engagement in Schengen matters
  • co-ordinate and represent the views of the Department at the Council of Europe

The principal activities carried out by IPD include:

  • policy development and co-ordination and preparation of material for JHA Councils as well as attendance at those Councils
  • participating in the Co-ordinating Committee on the area of Police and Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters (CATS), which deals with matters such as police co-operation and judicial co-operation in criminal matters
  • representing Ireland at both the Schengen Evaluation Working Group and the Schengen Acquis Working Group, with a particular focus on areas of the Schengen agreement to which Ireland is a party.
  • co-ordination and preparation of departmental briefing for European Council and other Council formations and bodies, as required
  • co-ordination of the Department’s involvement in the Council of Europe and participation in the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC)
  • co-ordination of the Department’s input into Oireachtas Scrutiny of EU Affairs
  • co-ordination of the Department’s input at numerous relevant inter-departmental committees and attendance at those meetings
  • ongoing co-ordination and liaison with the Department’s staff in the Permanent Representation in Brussels
  • consideration, as required, of EU related policy issues not specific to other divisions of the Department
  • circulation of relevant EU, Council of Europe and other documents throughout the Department.


Contact Details

Address:  International Policy Division
   Department of Justice and Equality
   7–11 Montague Court
   Montague Street
   Dublin 2