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MEPs present European Citizen’s Prize 2017 to Foróige

24-11-2017

Irish MEPs today presented (24/11/17) young people from Foróige with the European Citizen’s Prize 2017.

Mairead McGuinness, MEP Midlands-North West and Vice President of the European Parliament; Seán Kelly, MEP South & Leader of the Fine Gael Delegation; Deirdre Clune, MEP South & Brian Hayes, MEP Dublin; today presented (24/11/17) young people from Foróige with the European Citizen’s Prize 2017.

This prestigious award recognises projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding and EU values.

Foróige won the European Citizen’s Prize for the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Programme where young people carry out projects that improve their local communities in areas like equality, the arts, mental health, and inclusion.

Leader of the Fine Gael Delegation, Seán Kelly congratulated Foróige on its "tremendous work supporting and encouraging young people across Ireland. Over 10,000 young people have participated in the Programme in the last three years, empowering them to make a positive impact in their community and strengthening their connection to their local area”.

Mairead McGuinness, MEP said “The European Citizen’s Prize recognises projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding and EU values, which Foróige does day in and day out in clubs around the country. Since its establishment in 1952, Foróige has been working with Irish youth in a very positive way, building their confidence, encouraging them to develop skills and seek out opportunities for themselves. It is a fantastic voluntary organisation and I'm delighted that the EU has recognised the organisation's efforts by awarding them the 2017 Citizen's Prize."

I was delighted that Foróige won the Citizen’s Prize 2017. Foróige is an organisation that works tirelessly in communities with young people for the benefit of all. It deserves to be recognised,” said Brian Hayes MEP

Deidre Clune MEP added thatForóige has been driving change programs in our communities, helping young people at critical times in their lives. The group allows young people to engage within their community helping local business, charities and cultural organisations."

Seán Campbell, CEO of Foróige said “It’s such a privilege to accept this award on behalf of Foróige. Thousands of young people take up the mantle of improving their communities each year in the name of the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Programme and I’m delighted to see this effort recognised at the European level.

“In Foróige we believe in the absolute power of young people to shape and improve the world around them, and the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Programme offers them a vehicle unlike any other to make the world a better place for all of us to live in.”

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