Straffan man sees EU up close during Irish Presidency

Morgan Allen.
A Straffan man has spent the past six months of the Irish presidency of the EU with a front seat view of the various institutions at work.

A Straffan man has spent the past six months of the Irish presidency of the EU with a front seat view of the various institutions at work.

Morgan Allen was one of 25 people taken on during the course of the Irish Presidency of the EU which ended last week.

He was appointed to the role of Policy Officer, specialising in transportation - and as asuch as deputy chair of a working group on transport.

That group produced recommendations that were fed into forthcoming EU legislation.

Speaking to the Leinster Leader last week, Morgan explained that rail links between members states was high on the list of priorities - particularly in the area of making it easier to get travel across border.

“There’s lots of different systems and signalling systems throughout Europe and we’re trying to build infranstructure that will ease border crossings.

“There’s a fund of thirty billion that will be spent on this ofrom 2014 to 2020,” he explained, addding that much of the work of the committee was deciding how that would be spent.

Morgan’s path from Newbridge College included a degree from Trinity in Business and Politics, followed by a Masters degree from the College of Europe in Warsaw, which is generally considered to be a feeder course for the European public service.

After that he had an internship in the Commission before being one of the lucky few to get a position with the Irish Presidency.

Looking back on the six months he notes “you meet a lot of interesting people”.

- Conor McHugh