Tallaght youth have their say on future of European Union

by Padraig Conlon

People in Tallaght voiced their opinions on how the EU can support young people on the issues that matter to them at a recent town hall style meeting.

The “Young People – The Future of Ireland and Europe Citizens’ Dialogue” took place in the Tallaght Campus of TUD and featured in attendance European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics; Minister Katherine Zappone and President of Technological University of Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick.

Commissioner Navracsics said: “My ambition is to make Europe a place where young people get the very best education, with the freedom to study and work across countries without obstacles.

“We must equip young people with the skills and attitudes they need to lead fulfilling lives and find their place in our societies.

“This will help build cohesive and resilient communities, ensuring that Ireland and Europe stay competitive and prosperous.”

Professor David FitzPatrick said: “Today’s event was an excellent opportunity for TU Dublin to host Commissioner Navracsics and Minister Zappone here on our Tallaght Campus and to listen to the views and ideas put forward by the audience,” he said.

“Engaging with communities and industry partners in our region is an important part of our role, letting us use our unique position to create opportunities for research, innovation and exchange with our European partners.”

The event was organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland with the support of European Movement Ireland and moderated by European Movement Ireland executive director, Noelle O’Connell.

Noelle said: “Today’s event in Tallaght was a great opportunity for people who care about the future of our young people to engage in a lively open debate with experts from a variety of perspectives.”

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