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Youth Media and the Irish Presidency

‌Youth Media and the Irish Presidency (YMIP) is a European Movement Ireland ‘Youth in Action’ project supported by Léargas.  As part of this 32-county initiative, European Movement Ireland has recruited a team of 25 young communicators to act as citizen journalists from January to June 2013 to cover the Irish Presidency.  YMIP participants will be given access to Presidency events and tasked with reporting on these in their chosen medium. 

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EU must get its environmental act together

Article by Tricia Purcell

Single green economy, climate change and air quality were some of the topics discussed at an Informal Meeting of Ministers for the Environment over the past two days. Minister Phil Hogan chaired the meeting of European ministers at Dublin Castle, calling for greener purchasing decisions and citing May’s national carbon tax as a good start in promoting good public health.

Protesting is just one way of participating: Youth Engagement in Politics

Opinion piece by Órla Ryan

You guys never protest, if this was France people would be out on the streets in their thousands.” Perhaps my French friend had a point – his country puts us to shame when it comes to a good old-fashioned protest.  That said, it’s not as if we don’t pound the pavement when we feel the need.

An Irish Welcome: The Asylum Seekers’ Reality

Opinion piece by Sorcha Cusack

We pride ourselves on being one of the most hospitable and welcoming nations on the planet, but it seems our reputation far outshines our actions.  The reality of the matter is that discrimination and prejudice are rife in Ireland for asylum seekers, especially our Roma communities.

Thatcher’s ghost will continue to haunt Britain and Ireland’s EU relations

Opinion piece by Andrew Coffman-Smith

Europe may have been the issue that led to Baroness Thatcher’s political downfall in 1990, but 23 years later, in the wake of her recent death, it appears that the Iron Lady might just yet win in her fight against a federal Europe. When news broke of the Baroness’ death, current Prime Minister David Cameron was on a European tour to assure leaders that the UK will stay within a reformed EU when it comes to referendum time.  Whether or not “brexit” happens, the sheer audacity of the EU continually negotiating the terms of membership with the United Kingdom and, even worse leaving it up to the people to decide their country’s future, irks many across the Channel.

Sleepwalking off history’s cliff

Article by Ciara Galvin

“We must win the conversation on the environment,” Al Gore said, at a conference about hunger, nutrition and climate justice in Dublin earlier this week.  “We cannot keep sleepwalking towards the edge of history’s cliff”. I was delighted when I heard Al Gore would be speaking in Dublin and, even better, that I would be there to hear it.

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Opening of hunger conference illustrates ‘greatest ethical challenge facing the global community’

Article by Richard Manton

On Monday, delegates from around the world gathered in Dublin Castle for the opening of a two-day conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice.  The conference was co-hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, the World Food Programme, and the Irish government as part of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  Delegates represented a cross-section of civil society, government and academia, joined by farmers, pastoralists and others directly affected by climate change, with the aim of discussing and debating the linked challenges of hunger, nutrition and climate justice.

Ireland’s Bailout Loans

Article by Tarisai May Chidawanyika and Illustration by Eoin Kelleher

An Informal Meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) took place in Dublin Castle on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of April as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  This event was chaired by Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance and Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Galway citizens engage with Minister for European Affairs at Regional Dialogue

Article by Isabella De Luca

On Monday, April 8, a Regional Dialogue took place in the Council Chamber of Galway County Hall to mark the European Year of Citizens 2013, in association with the current Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU. The dialogue was one of a series of events that are taking place around the country throughout the year, organised by independent, not-for-profit organisation, European Movement Ireland.  It followed on from the success of the first Regional Dialogue in Cork in February, and the national Citizens’ Dialogue in Dublin on January 10, in which a number of Galway residents took part.

Treading Water: Comprehending the efforts to secure maritime policy for the European Union

Article by Aisling Twomey

Maritime policy is far removed from the lives of most EU citizens.  It is difficult to comprehend just how many policy decisions are required to regulate Europe’s oceans. On April 8th and 9th, as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a Maritime Seminar took place in Dublin Castle to discuss the future of ocean security and surveillance.

‘There is no such thing as society’: what relevance for the regional dialogue in Galway?

Article by Richard Manton

On Monday, the second ‘regional dialogue’ of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union was held in Áras an Chontae in Galway.  The event followed the regional dialogue held in Cork in February and the national citizens’ dialogue in Dublin in January as part of the European Year of Citizens.  The ’dialogue’ was penned by the organisers, European Movement Ireland, as a frank and open discussion, and as a “debate on the future of Europe” by the European Commission.  Although the event did not represent the views of the citizens of Galway or Connacht on the future of the EU, the death of Margaret Thatcher minutes before the start of the event certainly represents an interesting opportunity to reflect on the dialogue and the politics involved.

All aboard: A fully functional Youth Guarantee is the desired legacy here

Article by Blaine Gaffney

On 27th March, European Movement Ireland organised a cross-party political event in Dublin for YMIP journalists.  The event was organised to illuminate the current debate on the planned EU Youth Guarantee scheme.  The Youth Guarantee is one of the key priorities of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the event was an opportunity to hear opinions from across the political spectrum on it.  John Lyons (Labour), Simon Harris (Fine Gael), Dara Calleary (Fianna Fáil) and Eoin Ó Broin (Sinn Féin) represented the four main parties and provided a good geographical spread.  The lack of gender balance, however, was disappointing.

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Redrawing the Margins

Article by Aisling Twomey

On April 2nd, famed political commentator and academic Noam Chomsky spoke to a crowd of over one thousand in UCD’s O’Reilly Hall.  Organiser Conor Ryan felt there was a large significance to the event: “This may well be the last time Chomsky visits Ireland, marking it as one of the most engaging and I believe important talks if not of the last few years, then certainly of this year.”  One of the most cited authors in the world, Chomsky didn’t disappoint.  He posed the question “What is the world going to look like in 100 years?” and outlined his chilling belief that if historians still exist at that time, they will look back and see a society marching to its doom.

Party People; the human factor in politics

Article by Carlynn McCarthy

On Wednesday 27 March, we had a mid-way mentoring session was organised for the reporters taking part in Youth Media and the Irish Presidency (YMIP).  The mentoring session itself wasn’t very practical, but it was good for my psyche.  Fear not reader, I am neither a mentalist nor a fan of mumbo jumbo.  If anything I am the complete opposite.
I am 25 years old (I met the age criteria for this programme by the skin of my teeth), driven, motivated, and up until Wednesday afternoon was quite cynical about the government’s – and indeed Europe’s – dedication to tackling the problem of youth unemployment in this country.

What do the European Movement do?

Video by Laura Gaynor

Time to change our education system to engage our youths

Article by James Mulhall

This month, I witnessed a slow, overly deliberated discussion. It was between Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, and a group of young people aged between 16 and 25, and has left my faith in the youth of Ireland shattered. Growing up in the Republic of Ireland, I knew that people my age were in the main disengaged from politics. I hoped that the event in Stormont would spark my interest, in particular considering politics is a much more structured and planned subject in UK schools than it is in Ireland.

Lifting the Syrian Embargo – the Weight of the GYMNICH Discussions

Article by Sorcha Cusack

Following discussions this weekend, it seems we are still no further ahead in figuring out the solution to the Syrian embargo due to be lifted in June of this year. Last week, on the 22nd and 23rd of March, an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers took place in Dublin Castle todiscuss the Syrian embargo, as well as the formation and adaptation of long-term strategic foreign policy issues. Very little, if anything, was achieved at this meeting. Yet again, our Foreign Ministers were unable to reach a decision on how best to tackle the crisis before us.

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Belle Esprit: The intriguing nature of what is most rare

Article by Órla Ryan

Rarities inspire fascination. Following my meeting with one of the world’s most influential women, many people had questions for me. What was she like? Did she have a strong presence? How did men act around her and vice versa? Almost constantly exposed to media examination and intrusion, she is no doubt quite familiar with this type of attention.

The Youth of Northern Ireland and Europe? The forgotten North-West

Article by Aine O’Doherty

Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, visited Stormont on Wednesday March 6 for a dialogue with the youth of Northern Ireland entitled Youth and Europe – A Discussion. Before the event, the Minister attended a press point with six Northern Ireland based citizen journalists participating in Youth Media and the Irish Presidency, during which she stressed the importance of ensuring “a North-South dimension to our Presidency work”, and the economic and social benefits that Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union holds for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Higher and Vocational Education must collaborate to teach skills that fit the labour market

Article by Isabella De Luca

An Irish Presidency Conference on Quality Assurance in Qualifications Frameworks took place in Dublin Castle on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13.  Over 150 delegates from more than 35 countries met to discuss a wide range of issues relating to education over the two days.

Getting the third degree on skills lost in translation

Article by Laura Mc Loughlin

What exactly do our qualifications mean and what sort of recognition, if any, do our qualifications get in the workplace? This was a major issue raised at the Quality Assurance in Qualification Frameworks Conference, which took place in Dublin Castle on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of March.

#Verbatim: EU Youth Conference

By Marie Dromey

#Verbatim is a soundbite-based project devised by two of our YMIP journalists, Marie Dromey and Aisling Twomey, which presents multiple viewpoints of events through memorable quotes, word for word.  In its fourth installment, #Verbatim reports from the EU Youth Conference, which was held in Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, between Monday 11 March and Wednesday 13 March.

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“Nothing About Them, Without Them”

Article by Aisling Twomey

The seventh EU Youth Conference and Meeting of Directors General for Youth took place in Dublin from March 11th to March 13th.  Attended by delegates from the EU’s twenty-seven member states, as well as the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, and European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Andoulla Vassiliou, the event took place in the historic surroundings of Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

How Europe is like clingfilm

Cartoon by Eoin Kelleher

2013 is the European Year of Citizens, which seeks to improve dialogue between government and the governed at all levels.  However, a poll carried out by TNS opinion in six EU states in January 2013 showed that the vast majority of respondents are concerned about a lack of transparency and the influence lobbyists have over EU officials.  There is a demand from citizens for greater knowledge on how decisions are made, by whom and for whom.  However, this demand is unmet.  The opaque layers between people and the EU keep them removed from one another, and ultimately can prevent Europeans from feeling like European citizens.

The fight for gender equality must continue – Christine Lagarde

Article by Tricia Purcell and Órla Ryan

THE FIRST ever female head of the IMF has warned Irish women of the danger of becoming complacent in the fight for equal rights. Christine Lagarde said female participation in politics and business is still too low in Ireland and she encouraged women not to “take things for granted”.

A feather in our CAP

Article by Ciara Galvin

At the Meeting of Chairpersons of (national) Agriculture and Fisheries Committees yesterday, around 80 delegates from all over Europe met in Dublin Castle to discuss the future of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy, as well as specific support strategies for young farmers.

Patience and Participation – The Slow Process of Overcoming Prejudice

Article by Órla Ryan

A STAGGERING one in five LGBT people under the age of 25 have attempted suicide, delegates were told on day two of the EU Youth Conference. That’s just one of a number of sobering statistics uncovered by research co-conducted by LGBT organisation BeLonGTo and the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP).

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Border poll campaign is an insult to Ireland’s unemployed and emigrating youth

Article by Andrew Coffman-Smith

It sucks to be young and Irish.  Just look at the numbers.  Currently in the Republic, youth unemployment is at a staggering 25 per cent per cent while in the North, it’s 24 per cent.  Furthermore, since the recession began in 2008, an estimated 182,900 15-29 year olds have emigrated from the Republic.  Last year saw total Irish emigration numbers hit a 25-year record high of 87,100.

Guaranteeing a future for our generation

Article by Tricia Purcell

150 young people from 27 EU member states are participating in the three-day forum which will discuss the findings of consultations with over 11,000 young people across Europe. The conference aims to agree on outcomes and conclusions on social inclusion and youth unemployment, which Minister Fitzgerald will then present to the Council of Ministers in Brussels in May.

The Millennium Development Goals – An Unattainable Target?

Article by Sorcha Cusack

When the Millennium Development Goals first emerged in 2000, they were like a shiny new toy given to our world leaders to play around with.  There was excitement in every country that had contributed to the Millennium Summit of the United Nations; here, they believed, they had found the much sought after answer to the problem of global poverty.  But now, with the deadline of 2015 fast approaching, are these goals even remotely attainable in the brief two years we have left?  Has much even been done so far towards reaching these targets?  Perhaps most importantly, how effective have the MDGs genuinely been?

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Youths meet Minister but leave their opinions at the door

Article by James Mulhall

Lucinda Creighton, Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs, travelled to Northern Ireland to meet with a group of 16-25 year olds at Stormont’s Senate Chamber last Wednesday.  At the event, entitled Youth and Europe – A Discussion, the Minister and her audience discussed a number of EU issues of concern to Northern Ireland’s young people.

Minister Lucinda Creighton in Belfast

Listen to Andrew Coffman-Smith's report on Minister Creighton’s visit, and her perspective on Ireland’s Presidency and cross-border relations in Ireland.

EU-UN cooperation on gender equality

Article by Ciara Galvin

With Mothers’ Day tomorrow and International Women’s Day yesterday, today presents us with a good opportunity to consider the experiences of women and mothers worldwide.  On her recent visit to Ireland, Madame Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, did precisely that.  Addressing a packed auditorium at the UCD Clinton Global Institute, Mme Bachelet delivered a memorable speech on the challenge of making the 21st century one of inclusion and women’s full participation.

Stormont, check. Minister Creighton, check. Flowing dialogue, ehhh…

Article by Blaine Gaffney

In what can only be described as the least engaging Irish EU Presidency dialogue to date, on Wednesday Stormont played host to Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs and a group of school and college students from Northern Ireland.

Wake up Europe, it’s 2013!

Article by Laura Mc Loughlin

Reasons why Ireland’s education system needs a serious overhaul.

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An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs

Video by Clodagh Garry

YMIP reporter, Clodagh Garry, went along to last week’s conference “An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs”, organised by the Committee of the Regions, the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives.

Do Citizens’ Dialogues Actally Work?

Article by Aisling Twomey

Opinion - On January 10th 2013, in the opening weeks of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a Citizens’ Dialogue was held in Dublin, inviting members of the public to question political figures about issues close to their hearts. Just a month later, on February 15th, a similar event was held in Cork with the same goal in mind.

Social media to the forefront of Conference on Responsible Research & Innovation in Trinity College

Article by Isabella de Luca

Isabella de Luca attended the second edition of the European Intersectoral Summit on Research and Innovation was held in Trinity College Dublin on February 25 and 26.

Cartoon by Eoin Kelleher

What I think of the Youth Guarantee

Video by Laura Gaynor

Opinion – In Laura’s latest video for YMIP, she explains and gives us her opinion on the EU’s Youth Guarantee.

Irish EU Minister to visit Stormont, but what benefits can we expect?

Article by Blaine Gaffney

Opinion - It has recently been announced by the Northern Ireland Assembly that the Irish Minster of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, is to visit Stormont next week.

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Data Protection Reforms – where can we strike the balance between fostering growth and protecting citizens?

Article by Marie Dromey

Opinion - One of the key priorities for the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union is to address the issue of Data Protection in Europe.  Nowadays we are living in a previously unimaginable world which is all reliant on a constant connection to the Internet.  However, this too brings its own concerns.

The WACAP Solution: Eliminating Poverty in Three Simple Steps

Article by Sorcha Cusack

The World Alliance of Cities against Poverty (WACAP) Forum is reasonably self-explanatory in nature.  Held in the RDS in Dublin on the 20th and 21st of February, it brings together representatives from activist organisations, councils, committees and governments from all over the world.

More Questions than Answers at Citizens’ Dialogue in Cork City Hall

Article by Aisling Twomey

Local citizens, politicians and media gathered at Cork City Hall on February 15th to partake in a Regional Citizens’ Dialogue, which followed on from a larger Dialogue held in Dublin in January.  2013 has been dubbed the Year of Citizens by the European Union, but the question remains as to how useful these events can truly be when only a handful of questions are taken from the gathered crowds.

#Verbatim: Cork Regional Dialogue

#Verbatim is a soundbite-based project devised by two of our YMIP journalists, Marie Dromey and Aisling Twomey, which presents multiple viewpoints of events through memorable quotes, word for word.  In its third installment, #Verbatim exclusively reports tweets from the Cork Citizens’ Dialogue.

Hush! Hush! Don’t Tell

Article by Laura McLoughlin

Day one of the two-day Foundation Forum took place in Dublin Castle on Thursday, 14th of February.  Organised by Eurofound, an EU body set up to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe, the event was attended by people with a wide variety of expertise from all over Europe and beyond.

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Citizens’ Dialogue Cork: Rebels by Name, Rebels by Nature

Article by Carlynn McCarthy

On Friday, February 15th, 200 people participated in a questions and answers session with an Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD in Cork City Hall.  The Cork Citizens’ Dialogue was the second in a number of regional debates due to take place around the country during the European Year of Citizens 2013.  The first took place in Dublin last month.

Meeting to end world hunger – dream or reality?

Article by Caithlin Corrigan

‘Think big thoughts.  Can we dream of a world where we have gotten rid of poverty and no one goes to bed hungry?  If we dare to dream… what would it take to get there?’ These were the ‘big’ thoughts of Kristalina Georgina, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response before she entered the Informal Meeting of EU Development Cooperation Ministers, held on the 11th and 12th of February in Dublin Castle.  But did the ministers dare to dream on the day?

Ireland to maximise drawdown from Youth Guarantee

Article by Tricia Purcell

The second in a series of Regional Dialogues took place on Friday, 15 February, with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and a number of guests taking part in an open dialogue with the public at Cork City Hall.

Irish and British armies to join forces in Mali

Article by Una Kelly

As EU defence ministers came together on a wet February day for an informal meeting in Dublin Castle, the biggest development to emerge concerned our relationship to our UK neighbours. In a significant announcement, Irish Defence Minister Alan Shatter said Ireland and Britain will send a joint deployment of troops to war-torn Mali as part of an EU training mission.

Toodaloo Austerity – Close the door on your way out! Social Investment Package to be our Salvation?

Article by Mary Browne

Valentine’s Day not only marked the day of lovers this year, but also the beginning of a two-day discussion on social and employment policies for a fair and competitive Europe.

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Historic milestones set in Irish foreign affairs and defence policies during Irish EU Presidency 2013

Article by Blaine Gaffney

Wednesday 13th of February was a day of big announcements at Dublin Castle in terms of both European and Irish defence policy strategies and announcements regarding Irish Defence Forces personnel.  The historic venue played host to the Informal Meeting of EU Defence Ministers, which was attended by European Defence Ministers, United Nations peacekeeping representatives and a significant first visit to Ireland by a NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

What is an Informal Meeting of Ministers?

Laura attended this week’s Informal Meeting of Ministers for Development Cooperation in Dublin Castle.  If you’re wondering what exactly an Informal Meeting of Ministers consists of, then her video report below is just the thing for you.

Fr Ted and the Central Bank: From one Irish institution to another

Article by Órla Ryan

“This debt is large, but that debt is far away.” Flippancy aside, this comment pretty accurately sums up the promissory note situation in Ireland as it stands. Unfortunately, it’s quite unlikely that paraphrasing Fr Ted quotes will aid in simplifying any other aspects of Irish-European politics.  Although, after the week we’ve had, little would surprise the electorate.

European Citizens’ Dialogue: a misnomer, yet an indication of anger

Article by Richard Manton

Following the launch of the European Year of Citizens 2013 in Dublin City Hall on 10th January, a Citizens’ Dialogue was convened. This dialogue was the fifth in a series which aims to open a ‘broad debate’ with citizens of the EU. The event was addressed by Lucinda Creighton, Minister of State for European Affairs, and Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and hosted by Pat Kenny.

Our Debt For The Future: The IBRC Deal and Consequences

Article by Vicky Kavanagh

Confusion reigned yesterday evening and into the late hours as to what the Government was actually trying to achieve in promissory note negotiations and what it would mean for us as a generation.

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COFACE & ICA Conference Day 2: “Vulnerable Families – What Can Europe Do?”

Article by Órla Ryan

“I’m the world’s biggest loser: I lost my place in the workforce; my friends; my social life; my pension rights; €12 of my carer’s allowance – take any more and I’ll lose my mind.”
These were the last words the audience heard from the Head of Living Conditions at Eurofound during the Closing Plenary of the conference.  By sharing this quote from an Irish carer, Richard Anderson also shared an insight into how difficult a carer’s life can be.

COFACE & ICA Conference Day 1: “Vulnerable Families – What Can Europe Do?”

Article by Aine O'Doherty

The Sixth European Families Conference was held in Dublin on 4 and 5 February. Organised by the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) and the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE), the conference focused on vulnerable families and what the European Union can do for them.

Ireland 40 Years On: The Benefits, Opportunities and Challenges of EU Membership

Clodagh Garry attended the joint EESC-EM Ireland conference: Ireland 40 Years On: The Benefits, Opportunities and Challenges of EU Membership.  Watch her video report on the event.

 The Youth and the EU

Article by Tarisai May Chidawanyika

On the 1st of February 2013, the European Economic and Social Committee held a conference in association with European Movement Ireland.  The theme of the conference was “the benefits, opportunities and challenges of EU membership” after 40 years.

Security, Peacekeeping and the Oscars

Article by Ciara Galvin

“Is the starter soup?  If so, the Minister will stay for lunch.” So asked one of the organisers of the conference on interregional cooperation on crisis management last Friday, 1st of February.  The starter, apparently, was not soup and Minister for Defence Alan Shatter departed shortly afterwards.

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Stormont debates EU exit but unites to lobby Irish Presidency on CAP reform

Article by Andrew Coffman-Smith

BELFAST – As the UK eyes the EU exit door, Northern Ireland is looking to the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union as an opportunity to lobby for the region’s agri-food industry in Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform negotiations.

The Irish Presidency – What’s that?

Article by Mary Browne

“69% of citizens believe their voices are not heard. It is important you know your voice counts” – Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding.
We’ve all heard on the news about Ireland holding some presidency thingamajig, but what does that really mean?

YMIP attend “Brussels coming to Dublin”

Article by Aine O'Doherty

The European Year of the Citizen was launched in Dublin last week, which coincides with Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  Ireland holds the Presidency for the first six months of 2013, and has a policy of stability, growth and jobs.

Are we making the most of our Presidency?

Article by Sorcha Cusack

Before I sat down to write this article, I casually asked my fifteen-year-old sister what being a citizen of the EU meant to her.  Predicting a typical teenage response, I fully expected her to throw out a learnt-off C.S.P.E. phrase quoting the benefits of the Single European Market, the agricultural and fisheries policies and the euro, or the increased opportunities we enjoy as a result of our membership of the EU in general.  As it turned out, her response was far more reflective of the youth population of Ireland than I could have imagined.

She simply didn’t know.  She merely shrugged off the question with a brief “I’m a citizen of the EU?”

Citizens’ Dialogue: Young, Irish, and disinterested in the EU?

Article by Maeve Montague

With 2013 earmarked as the Year of Citizens, Europe has signalled its attempt to make European politics more publicly accessible through a series of Citizens’ Dialogues. Having survived 2012 without losing any member states, as was widely feared, the EU wants its citizens to feel a bond with the Union, and to support its plans for greater unity amongst its members.

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YMIP: But Where’s Our Flag?

Last Thursday, January 10, the Launch of the European Year of Citizens 2013 and the fifth in a series of Citizens’ Dialogues took place in Dublin City Hall. Isabella De Luca reports on the youth perspective of the day’s events.

Citizens’ Dialogue: Theory and Practice

Article by Vicky Kavanagh

It was an occasion filled with hopeful speeches and brave talks of a better future, but the spirited tone present at the launch of the European Year of Citizens was vastly different to the attitudes of EU sceptics in wider society.

YMIP: Engaging with our Union

Sallyanne Downes and Clodagh Garry put together a video on the Launch of the European Year of Citizens 2013 and the Citizens’ Dialogue that took place in Dublin in January 2013.

Two YMIP perspectives on the Citizens’ Dialogue

Citizens’ Dialogue: Too little, too late? Article by Carlynn McCarthy

Little Youth Engagement at Citizens’ Dialogue. Article by Aisling Twomey

Citizens’ Dialogue: The YMIP Take

Good attendance from Kildare at citizens’ event in Dublin by Ciara Galvin

Kildare was well-represented at the ‘Citizens’ Dialogue’ event hosted by RTÉ’s Pat Kenny in Dublin last Thursday the 10th of January. The Citizens’ Dialogue was one of the first major events of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which Ireland will hold until the end of June.

Image by Eoin Kelleher

No to Ageism by Tarisai May Chidawanyika

On 10 January 2013, the Launch of the European Year of Citizens 2013 and a Citizens’ Dialogue were held in the majestic Dublin City Hall. The purpose of these events was to allow the EU’s key decision makers to walk around in the shoes of Irish citizens and see life from the perspective of the citizens of this small nation. The events brought together people of all ages, demographics and backgrounds in Ireland in order for everyone to be equally represented and have their voices heard.

YMIP Reports on the Citizens’ Dialogue

Photo collage by Marie Dromey

Article by Blaine Gaffney

‌Under the watchful eyes of deep-rooted Irish idols such as Daniel O’Connell, and Thomas Davis, one of Europe’s most key dignitaries entered Dublin City Hall to launch the European Year of the Citizen for 2013.  European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, flanked by the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste amongst other Ministers arrived, albeit late it must be noted, to a warm welcome from the largely pro-EU audience in attendance.

YMIP at the Citizens’ Dialogue

Listen to Andrew Coffman-Smith's report United States of EUrope?

Launch of year of citizens

Laura Gaynor asked participants for their views on why the Irish Presidency is important.


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