On Thursday 19th February, 35 young people who are members of Foróige gathered at the European Parliament in Dublin 2 for a special meeting with MEP’s to talk about Ireland’s membership of the European Union and what we gain from being a member state. Mairéad McGuinness, Lynn Boylan, Matt Carthy and Marian Harkin came along to speak to the young people and answer questions about the work they are doing as MEP’s.
The young people were aged 14-18 and attended from Roscommon, Westmeath, Carlow, Kerry, Wicklow and Dublin. They participated in educational workshops covering questions such as, “What is the EU? How does the EU affect our daily lives? What is the role of an MEP? And how can we ensure that MEP’s are aware of the needs and interests of young people?”
We believe that young people should have the opportunity to influence and have a say on the decisions which affect their lives. In 2014, a group of young people in Foróige worked on a video entitled “A Day in the Life of a Young European”, watch: http://bit.ly/1mU8AdD and also created an educational resource to inform others as to the ways that the European Union benefits young people, see: http://bit.ly/1uEdGQt