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Citizens Dialogue on Brexit

Highly successful Citizens Dialogue on Brexit and the Future of the EU.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018: People in Tallaght had a chance to question experts and voice their views on the future of the EU at a Citizens’ Dialogue, entitled “Brexit & Europe – where are we headed?” today (4/12/18). Speaking at the event were Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD; Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland; Gerry Phelan, lecturer at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght; and moderated by European Movement Ireland Executive Director, Noelle O Connell.

Dr. Damien Roche Head of School of Business and Humanities, Helena Doody Head of Humanities Department, European Studies Student Paul Duffy welcome Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee T.D. and Noelle O’Connell Executive Director European Movement Ireland to IT Tallaght

Dr. Damien Roche Head of School of Business and Humanities, Helena Doody Head of Humanities Department, European Studies Student Paul Duffy welcome Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee T.D. and Noelle O’Connell Executive Director European Movement Ireland to the college


Speaking at the event, Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD, said: "I am delighted to participate in another dialogue on the Future of Europe in the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Last year we launched this process and I have been involved in many dialogues, debates and discussions in Ireland and across Europe. Earlier this year we published a narrative report on the Citizens' Dialogues that were held around Ireland; but today's dialogue is yet another opportunity for people to get involved in shaping the EU's future direction.

"Today's discussion, organised by the European Commission in Ireland; raises a number of key topics that impact on us all and will help feed into the overall debate on the Future of Europe. A special EU Summit will take place next May in Romania on this very topic. There's still time for people to get involved in this process and I would encourage them to do so."

Noelle O’Connell Executive Director European Movement Ireland, Gerry Phelan lecturer of Economics at IT Tallaght, Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee T.D., Gerry Kiely Head of European Commission Representation in Ireland.

Noelle O’Connell Executive Director European Movement Ireland, Gerry Phelan lecturer of Economics at IT Tallaght, Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee T.D., Gerry Kiely Head of European Commission Representation in Ireland.


The event was hosted by the European Commission Representation in Ireland with European Movement Ireland in the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Head of the Representation, Gerry Kiely said: “Young people need to have a greater say in their destiny by getting involved and voting in the European Parliament elections in May 2019. Given Brexit, it is more important than ever that Ireland plays a central role in the future direction of the EU.”

The event is part of a series of Citizens’ Dialogues that are being organised around the country on themes relating to the Future of Europe.

“The level of engagement and discussion from the staff and students and the Institute of Technology Tallaght was one of the best we’ve seen this year,” added Noelle O Connell of European Movement Ireland.

L to R: Gerry Phelan lecturer of Economics at IT Tallaght, Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee T.D., Gerry Kiely Head of European Commission Representation in Ireland, Noelle O’Connell Executive Director European Movement Ireland.

L to R: Gerry Phelan lecturer of Economics at IT Tallaght, Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee T.D., Gerry Kiely Head of European Commission Representation in Ireland, Noelle O’Connell Executive Director European Movement Ireland.
 

Gerry Phelan lecturer of Economics at IT Tallaght

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