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Dalriada School and Bloomfield Collegiate win EU debating competition
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05/04/2012 00:00:00

Students from across Northern Ireland became MEPs for the day at the European Youth Parliament, which was hosted by Belfast Metropolitan College at its Titanic Quarter Campus on Thursday 29 March 2012. 

Dalriada School, Ballymoney and Bloomfield Collegiate, Belfast fought off strong competition to win the Northern Ireland regional final of the European Youth Parliament and will now represent Northern Ireland at the UK national session in Liverpool in September.  

 

    Dalriada School and Bloomfield Collegiate win EU debating competition

    The six participating schools were Ballymena Academy, Loreto College (Coleraine), Dalriada School (Ballymoney), Bloomfield Collegiate (Belfast), Royal Belfast Academical Institution (Belfast) and Our Lady and St. Patrick's College (Belfast).

    Each of the schools, with a team of ten students, formed a committee and presented, explained and debated resolutions on a range of topical issues including foreign affairs, agriculture, civil liberties and employment.

    Maurice Maxwell, Head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland said: “I hope that the students not only learned about the workings of the European Parliament, but also gained an insight into some of the big issues currently being considered by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the European Commission in Brussels."

    Caitríona Hughes from the Northern Ireland European Youth Parliament Committee said: "Each year the students who go forward to represent Northern Ireland at the UK National Selection session have been wonderful ambassadors for both their schools and Northern Ireland and we hope this year to have one or both schools going through to the International Session in the autumn."

    The EYP competition in Northern Ireland is organised by the NI European Youth Parliament Committee in partnership with the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland.

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      • The European Youth Parliament was founded in 1987 with the aim of raising young people's awareness of European issues.
      • Two winning teams from the EYP UK national session in Liverpool in September will go on to compete in the international sessions of the European Youth Parliament.
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