Holy Family students take on politics

Secondary school students from across Ireland were role-playing European politicians in the fifth annual Model Council of the European Union in Dublin Castle, an event organised by the European Commission in Ireland.

Secondary school students from across Ireland were role-playing European politicians in the fifth annual Model Council of the European Union in Dublin Castle, an event organised by the European Commission in Ireland.

While EU leaders met last Friday in Brussels three fifth year students from the Holy Family secondary school in Newbridge where chosen to represent Poland.

The students Amy Quille, Ciara Byrne and Eliza Kelly, were invited to take part in role play as EU politicans alongside 26 other schools in the fifth annual Model European council in Dublin Castle.

The girls debated a mock EU directive to extend the minimum paid maternity leave from 14 weeks to 21 which was streamed live on the day.

“Role-playing is a brilliant way for students to understand how the EU system works,” said Barbara Nolan, Head of the Commission Representation in Ireland. “Now more than ever, it’s crucial that our young people understand whats goes on in Brussles and how decisions are made.” The council was formally opened by Eileen Dunne, RTE broadcaster and International President of the Association of European Journalists.