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TU Dublin journalism students visit European Parliament

Posted: 5 February, 2019

A group of 12 TU Dublin journalism students has just returned from a three-day visit to the European Parliament, accompanied by Head of Journalism Kate Shanahan and School of Media lecturers, Dr Harry Browne and Ian Kilroy.

TU Dublin Journalism Students at the European Parliament

While in Brussels the group attended briefings with RTE Europe Editor Tony Connelly.  They also had a number of separate meetings with Irish MEPs, including Vice President of the Parliament Mairead McGuinness, and her Fine Gael colleague MEPs Brian Hayes  Sean Kelly and Deirdre Clune; with Sinn Fein MEPs Martina Anderson, Lynn Boylan, Liadh ní Riada and Matt Carthy; and with Independant MEPs Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and Marian Harkin.  They also had a one-to one meeting with Scottish Nationalist Party MEP Alyn Smith.

Speaking about the visit, Head of Journalism Kate Shanahan said "It was both a privilege for the students to represent journalism and the School of Media at TU Dublin  City Campus, and to be in attendance at the Parliament during the Brexit debates. The students asked challenging questions  and learnt a huge amount from the high-level briefings as well as gaining  an insight into both the negotiations and their impact on Ireland and the EU."

The visit was hosted by the European Parliament office in Dublin.

Vice President of European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness MEP and Brian Hayes MEP discuss Brexit and implications for Ireland

Students getting ready for series of meetings with MEPs