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DkIT delighted to welcome MEP Colm Markey to discuss all things EU with students

08 December 2023

Dundalk Institute of Technology recently hosted local Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Colm Markey on campus recently. MEP Markey actively engaged with students on a wide range of EU issues and gave an insightful lecture to Students (from the Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons), Bachelor of Business (Hons), and BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance which proceeded with a lively Q&A.

The role of the European Parliament, how it represents citizens, and the importance of voting were some of the topics up for discussion on the day. The Midlands-North-West MEP said it was an invaluable opportunity for students to gain insights into the workings of the EU.

He commented,

“I was certainly put through my paces today at DkIT, covering topics from EU enlargement to the green transition. It was a brilliant opportunity to address pressing EU matters directly impacting the lives of young people. I also spoke to them about career opportunities in Brussels and the need to have more Irish people working in influential positions within the institutions. The enthusiasm demonstrated by the students reflects a genuine interest in EU affairs. Given the challenging times we live in and with elections on the horizon, fostering ongoing dialogue between policymakers and the younger generation is more crucial than ever."

Markey also urged students to make their voices heard in the upcoming elections.

“It’s clear to me that young people want to be involved in shaping the future, and they can do so by voting in next year’s local and European elections. I urge them all to take the first step by ensuring they are on the electoral register. Europe is facing a number of pressing issues, including a war on our doorstep, and who we send to Brussels to represent us is of upmost importance. Voting is not only a right but a responsibility, and I hope to see young people out in force at the ballot boxes in June”,

he concluded.

 Shane Hill, Head of Department of Management and Financial Studies added,

“It was a fantastic experience for our students to get this opportunity to engage so closely with Colm on EU issues. I’d also like to take this occasion to thank DkIT Law Lecturer Dr. Siobhan Duffy who organised the lecture today, along with Colm and his team who took the time to facilitate this extremely worthwhile session for students”.

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