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Webinar: Teaching about the EU: European Studies in Ireland, 30 November 2021

The European Parliament Office in Ireland and the European Commission Representation are delighted to invite you to a special online event on ‘Teaching about the EU: European Studies in Ireland’, on 30 November 2021 from 11:00am-12:15pm.   Join Minister Thomas Byrne, Sean Kelly MEP and a stellar panel of experts and practitioners to debate the need for a stronger focus on teaching about the EU and languages from primary to third level education in Ireland.  Registration required.

The event will:

  • discuss the state of play of European Studies and teaching about the EU in Ireland, and the important role it plays for civil education, helping young people play a full role as active citizens;
  • consider what could be done to expand the offer of European Studies at all levels in Ireland;
  • look at the impact of the European Parliament Ambassador School (EPAS) and the Blue Star programmes and other relevant initiatives;
  • Sketch the terrain and harvest ideas and questions to feed into an international symposium on European Studies being organised by the University of Limerick in May 2022.


  • Thomas Byrne - Minister for European Affairs
  • Sean Kelly - MEP for Ireland South
  • Barbara Nolan - Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland
  • Dr Joachim Fischer - Jean Monnet Chair in European Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for European Studies at UL
  • Catherine Cooke-Harkin - EPAS Senior Ambassador & Sarah McMenamin - EPAS Junior Ambassador, St Columba's College, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal

Moderator: Brian Mooney - Irish Times education columnist and career guidance counsellor.

Participants can comment and ask questions via a LIVE chat. We kindly ask you to confirm your participation by registering for the webinar via this link