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Model Council of the European Union debate


Students participating in the 2015 Model CouncilThe annual Model Council of the European Union debate for secondary schools will take place in Dublin Castle on Tuesday, 1 March 2016. The theme of the debate is migration. 28 secondary schools will participate.

The Model Council is designed as a simulation of a meeting of the Council of the European Union. Each school takes on the role of one of the 28 EU Member States. The debate is based on a mock European Commission proposal to support Italy and Greece, by relocating migrants in need of international protection to other EU Member States. Schools are asked to adopt a stance either in favour or against the proposal and are encouraged to research and to adopt the official position of the assigned Member State.

Participating schools
Beaufort College, Navan, Co Meath
Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen, Co Kildare
Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
St Kilian’s, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14
Presentation Secondary School, Waterford
Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
St Vincent's Secondary School, Dundalk, Co Louth
St Joseph of Cluny, Killiney, Co Dublin
St Andrew’s College, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Mountrath Community School, Co Laois
St Paul's Secondary School, Monasterevin, Co Kildare
Holy Family Community School, Rathcoole, Co Dublin
Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, Co Tipperary
Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow Town
St Louis Secondary School, Dundalk, Co Louth
Clonkeen College, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co Limerick
St Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda, Co Louth
St Flannan's College, Ennis
Christ King Secondary School, Cork
St Anne's Community College, Killaloe, Co Clare
Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
St Kevin's College, Finglas, Dublin 11
Gaelcholáiste na Mara, Arklow, Co Wicklow
Gaelcholáiste Choilm, Baile an Chollaigh, Co Chorcaí
Mercy College, Sligo
Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork
St Joseph's Secondary School, Tulla, Co Clare                             


EU stand at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition


Barbara Nolan, Head of the Commission Representation, with two students at the EU stand in the BTYSTE 2014Each year the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosts a stand at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS, in conjunction with the Joint Research Centre (the European Commission's in-house science service) and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland.

The Joint Research Centre ( is the scientific and technical arm of the European Commission and provides scientific advice and technical know-how to support a wide range of EU policies.  

See here for information about the EU stand at the 2016 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition that takes place from 7 to 9 January.


Back to School

Sinead Meehan of the European Parliament speaking to pupils in her old school in ManorhamiltonEach year, the European Commission invites schools across Ireland to host a visit from a past pupil who works for the EU institutions in Brussels. The visits allow students to learn about the work of Irish people in the EU institutions and about the European Union in general. The exercise is mainly geared towards senior cycle secondary school students.

In February 2013, more than 80 schools across the country hosted "Back to School" visits from past pupils.


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