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Galway winner at the Grand Final of the Europe Direct Soapbox Competition 2016, "EU – United in Diversity"
Galway teacher Siobhan Fitzgerald took top prize in the over-18's category of the sixth national EU Soapbox competition in Dublin this week (8 November).
A native of Ahascragh, Siobhan who represented Mountmellick EU Direct Centre, won top prize in the Over-18 section at the event in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
She wins a free trip to Brussels to visit to the European Parliament, a €1,000 voucher and of course, the title of National Europe Direct Soapbox Winner 2016.
She was one of 16 finalists from Ireland's eight Europe Direct Information Centres who had to speak for three minutes on theme "The EU - United in Diversity".
Held in the National Concert Hall, the final debate was the culmination of months of debate all over the country as 190 contestants passionately debated the future of the EU.
The Soapbox Final was opened by Mr Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the trips to Brussels are sponsored by MEP Matt Carthy who were both there to meet the participants.
Europe Direct Centres
Ireland's eight Europe Direct Information Centres are in Waterford, Letterkenny, Dundalk, Blanchardstown, Mallow, Mountmellick, Ballinasloe and Tubbercurry, and they hosted the regional finals with over 190 competitors in two categories: 18 and under and 19 and over. The network is group of information centres funded by the European Commission and run by the Local Library Service. More at: www.europedirect.ie