Friday 9 March 2018: Model Council of the European Union debate
The theme of the 2018 debate was the Future of Europe. Schools debated a simplified version of the European Commission's 2017 White Paper: The future of Europe – Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2025.
This year's event was won by Maynooth Post-Primary, Co Kildare, with St Columba's College from Stranorlar, Co Donegal taking second place. Honourable mention was also given to: Christian Brother’s School, Wellington Road, Cork; Coláiste Chill Mhantáin,, Wicklow Town; Sutton Park School, Dublin 13.
The event was formally opened by Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD. Former Secretary-General of the European Commission, Catherine Day chaired the debate.
The Model Council is an annual debate for secondary schools organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland. It is a simulation of a meeting of the Council of the European Union and involves teams from 28 secondary schools, each of which represents an EU Member State. The event allows schools to gain first-hand experience of the EU's decision-making process.
Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 January 2018: EU stand at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
The stand featured "Dr How's Science Wows Needs You" where visitors could check out a wide range of science experiments from making mini fire extinguishers to inflating balloons, making our own slime, volcanoes, mini explosion, smoke rings and lots more.
It also featured the ground-breaking EDEN ISS project, which is developing food production for on-board the International Space Station (ISS) and for future human space exploration vehicles and planetary outposts.
Free resources about the European Union were also available for all visitors and Information Officers were at hand to answer queries from a large number of visitors.