Carrick-on-Suir students got the low down on the EU from MEP Sean Kelly

Anne Marie Magorrian

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Anne Marie Magorrian

Carrick-on-Suir students got the low down on the EU from MEP Sean Kelly

CBS students Laurence Hearne and Jack O'Connell present gifts to MEP Sean Kelly.

Carrick-on-Suir CBS Transition Year students marked Europe Day and completing the European Parliament Ambassadors Programme by attending a talk given by Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly at their school. 

This was the first year for the school to deliver the EU Ambassador Programme for Transition Year and a group of Junior Ambassadors, representing CBS in Carrick, attended an Ambassador School award ceremony in Bru Boru Centre in Cashel on May 4 to collect the EPAS Plaque for their school and receive certificates. 

The programme is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the EU, the role of each country’s elected members to the European Parliament and the impact it has on our daily lives.  CBS students taking part in the programme hosted events in their school and in conjunction with other schools, to explore the culture, languages and food of EU countries, the currency, the Erasmus programme, policy decisions and the core values of an integrated Europe that respects human rights and democracy. 

MEP Sean Kelly outlined his own role within the EU and how he represents Ireland South incorporating: Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow. 

He talked about the current Brexit negotiations, the difficulty in changing legislation and about countries waiting to be eligible to join the EU. 

The former GAA President also addressed the students topical issues such as reducing of emissions through solar and geothermal clean energy sources, the move away from fuel powered transport to electrically powered transport and the new Data Protection Regulation legislation. 

He answered questions from students and also took time to talk about his past involvement in the GAA.  The students presented him with a gift and after the talk he joined them for refreshments and a social chat in the assembly hall.