Thomas Kerr Gallen Foróige Club, Mairead McGuinness Vice-President of the European Parliament & MEP for the Midlands-North-West, and Ross McLoughlin Ballycumber Foróige Club
Two Offaly young people proudly presented their county and Foroige at the European Parliament.
Thomas Kerr from Gallen Foróige Club and Ross McLoughlin from Ballycumber Foróige Club attended the European Youth Event (EYE), which took place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, from June 1 -2.
The event was attended by 8,000 young people from across Europe. They exchanged ideas and discussed their perspectives on youth-related issues, and took part in workshops on a variety to topics including equality, sustainability and political parties.
The young people got the chance to meet with European decision-makers, including Mairead McGuinness MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament.
Sean Campbell, CEO Foróige said, “This event provided a unique opportunity for young Irish people to have their voice heard at the European level.
“Before this group went to Strasbourg, Foróige held consultations in Dublin, Cork and Sligo to understand the issues that affect young people in Ireland. At the European Parliament, these Foróige young people had the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops and debate issues with their fellow Europeans, where they also reflected the opinions of the wider youth population in Ireland.
We are delighted to have been able to take part as it was a great opportunity for these young people to get involved in their community both locally and globally
Mairead McGuinness, MEP said, "I was absolutely delighted to host and meet with Foróige groups from across Ireland/ the Midlands-North-West constituency attending the EYE.
“I am a real fan and supporter of Foróige, the wonderful young people in clubs all around the country, and the many volunteers who assist them.
“Our links and engagement with youth are hugely important; events like the EYE are an opportunity to listen to young people and it provides a platform for young people to share ideas.
She added that the experience of the recent referendum in Ireland showed that young people were engaged and active politically on issues that are important to them noting that that engagement needed to be encouraged.