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12-06-2018

European Citizens' Prize Irish winners announced

Citizens' Prize medal
Citizens' Prize medal

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 European Citizens’ prize winners have been revealed!

This year two Irish nominees have been awarded the prize, ‘Irish Men’s Sheds Association’ and ‘Inner City Helping Homeless’. Irish Laureates will receive their medals at national ceremonies at our Dublin headquarters in the following months before a central ceremony will be held in Brussels on the 9th October 2018.

Irish Men’s Sheds Association are based across rural and urban areas providing safe and open spaces where men can discuss emotional and health issues without stigmatisation. The association also combats themes such as loneliness through group activities listing carpentry and gardening amongst many others.

Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly described the prize as a “well-deserved award in recognition of the positive, constructive impact the Men’s Sheds movement has had on its members and in local communities”.

Inner City Helping Homeless is a volunteer-run charitable organisation and operates within the Dublin area. Volunteers provide outreach services such as provision of food, clothing and general well-being as well as assisting in advocacy for homeless persons.

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan commented: “ICHH were nominated by Sinn Féin for the European Citizen’s Prize for their tireless work on behalf of the homeless people of Dublin. They have kept the homeless issue on top of the political agenda.

“ICHH has expanded to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and its outreach service assists homeless people on a nightly basis across our city.

"Furthermore, campaigns such as ‘FillaLuas’ have inspired hundreds of young people to show compassion by filling the Luas with gifts for those who might find themselves without a place to call home at Christmas.

Both initiatives encompass the spirit of the European Citizens’ Prize of European cooperation, openness to others and practical involvement in development of mutual understanding. The European Parliament Office in Ireland extends deepest congratulations to both awardees and would like to once again commend both organisations on their exceptional and inspirational work.

Irish Men's Sheds Association
Inner City Helping Homeless