The National Forum On Europe animates and promotes public debate on the EU, its enlargement, its future and Ireland’s place in it.

The Forum’s purpose is not to advocate or promote a particular course of action. It is to be a politically neutral public space within which political views and analyses of all shades can be put forward on the EU, and on Ireland in the EU.

The Forum took its inspiration from previous fora that had operated in Irish political life regarding the Northern Ireland problem and had done ground-breaking work.

There had been the New Ireland Forum in 1983-4, then the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (active phase 1994-96). Both had played a role in the gradual creation of dialogue between the different political traditions on the island, feeding into the developments that became known as the peace process, which led to the break-through Belfast Agreement of 1998.