Tipperary woman selected for Washington Ireland Program

Dublin City University student "humbled and excited" by Washington Ireland Program selection. 

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A Tipperary woman is feeling “humbled and excited” after being selected for the 2018 Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP).

Newcastle’s Máirín McGrath will represent Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of WIP, which selects 30 talented students each year to join its network of leaders and influencers by completing a 12-month programme of service and leadership development, including spending a summer in Washington DC and New York City.

WIP inspires and develops promising leaders from a wide range of communities and backgrounds through an exceptional programme committed to building a future of peace and prosperity for Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

20-year-old Máirín, who is currently a 2nd year Politics and Law at Dublin City University, comes from a political family and has been involved in several community organisations, charities and campaigns. The Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, graduate is the daughter of Deputy Mattie McGrath and has been a part-time member of staff for Cork South West's Deputy Michael Collins for the past year.

“I am humbled and excited to have been selected as a 2018 class member of this prestigious programme. WIP was originally founded to promote positive cross-border relationships between young people from different backgrounds across Ireland, but their work is as important as ever with the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and our unique Irish border. Each student has a deeply held commitment to look past differences and to resolve the pressing issues that will define the island of Ireland in the 21st century,” Máirín says.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who was part of the WIP class of 2000, recently launched WIP’s New York Program and spoke about his experience at the Irish Consulate in New York City. “It helped me develop my view of the wider world…and without it perhaps I wouldn’t be standing here today,” he noted.

Selection for WIP 2018 was highly competitive, with 300 students from across the island of Ireland competing for the opportunity to be on the class and ultimately to become part of an active WIP network seeking to make a difference in their communities.

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