skip to content

Cookie policy on the European Parliament Office in Ireland website

We use cookies to give the best experience on our site. Continue without changing your settings, and you'll receive cookies, or change your cookie settings at any time.

Continue
 
 
 
12-03-2010

25 Irish secondary school students visit European Parliament in Strasbourg

25 students from Donegal, Mayo, Meath, Wexford, Wicklow, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Waterford, Tipperary and Cork, were in Strasbourg last Friday, 12 March, to get a flavour of what it is like to work as an MEP. The students were winners of the 2010 Michael Sweetman Education Trust (MSET) competition. Every year, the MSET runs a competition for students from Irish vocational schools to promote awareness of contemporary social issues.  Students studying the Social Education module of the Leaving Certificate Applied research a contemporary issue and then write about their findings.  In addition to having their projects assessed by the State Examinations Commission, students who have entered the MSET competition then have their projects adjudicated by a member of the trust.

As their prize, the 25 students selected participated in the European Parliament's Euroscola programme on Friday, 12 March in Strasbourg. The aim of the competition is to enable students to experience the workings of the European Parliament.  The students engaged in group activities, where they interacted with 300 of their fellow students from across the EU. The students also took part in discussions on topical European subjects and communicated using their foreign language skills.  They had the opportunity to sit in the European Parliament's chamber and to re-enact the work of MEPs.

The MSET was established in 1976 by friends and associates of Michael Sweetman, who died in the Staines air crash in 1972.



The winners of this year's MSET competition were:

Aisling McEntee, Youthreach Education Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Jennifer Farrell, Youthreach Progressive, Navan, Co. Meath

Sally Ann Ní Bhraonáin, Youthreach Progressive, Navan, Co. Meath

Thomas O' Leary, Vocational College, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Stephen O' Brien, Vocational College, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Luke Brennan, Coláiste Bríde, Carnew, Co.Wicklow

Sharon Ann Walsh, Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, Co. Mayo

Neil Sweeney, Community College, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Damian Hyland, Community College, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Jakub Cichocki, Davitt College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Aileen O' Neill, Breifne College, Cavan Town, Co. Cavan

Ernesta Ruljecaite, Breifne College, Cavan Town, Co. Cavan

Louise O' Neill, Largy College, Clones, Co. Monaghan

Ciarán Healy, Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Jade Looby, Coláiste Chluain Meala, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Kirsty Maguire, St Paul's Community College, Waterford

Nicola Hutchinson, St Paul's Community College, Waterford

Seán Lonergan, Dungarvan Youthreach, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Michael O' Neill, Dungarven Youthreach, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Stephen Kelly, Youthreach, Mallow, Co. Cork

Daniel Madden, Glanmire Community College, Glanmire, Cork

John Collins, Glanmire Community College, Glanmire, Cork

Shane Cunningham, Youthreach Knocknaheeny, Knocknaheeny, Cork

Daniel O' Callaghan, Terence McSwiney College, Cork

Jonathan Smith, Youthreach Progressive, Navan, Co. Meath

 .
 
 .

For further information, please contact:

Marie Quinn at the European Parliament Office in Ireland.
epdublin@europarl.europa.eu