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Minister for European Affairs announces funding under the Communicating Europe Initiative

Lucinda Creighton, T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs, today announced awards totalling almost €53,000 under the Communicating Europe Initiative. 

Awards will be made to 20 groups for a broad range of Europe-related projects throughout Ireland.   These groups responded to a recent call for proposals designed to deepen public awareness of the role that the European Union plays in our daily lives. 

Announcing these grants, Minister Creighton said 

“It is a priority of the Government to restore Ireland’s standing as a respected and influential member of the European Union and as part of the wider international community.  In parallel with this, we want to make Irish people more aware of the importance and relevance of developments in the EU, and of how it functions.   

These grants are a valuable part of the continuing broad effort to disseminate information on European issues and to encourage informed debate about Ireland’s future in Europe.”

Note for Editors:

The Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) was established in 1995 to raise awareness about the European Union and to improve the quality and accessibility of public information on European issues.  The programme is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs. 

Communicating Europe Initiative Awards 2011 

Organisation                                                                          Funding Approved

Government and Politics Society, UCC                                               €2,000

Temple Bar Cultural Trust                                                                   €2,000

Environmental Education Unit, An Táisce                                            €1,000

Centre for the Study of Wider Europe, NUI Maynooth                        €3,000

Dept of Government UCC                                                                   €3,500

Institute of Technology, Tralee                                                           €3,000

European Youth Parliament, Ireland                                                   €9,000

Scoil Chaitriona Snr                                                                             €500

Junior Achievement Ireland                                                                €1,500

European Anti-Poverty Network                                                         €2,000

Scoil Cholmcille Naofa, Galway                                                           €1,000

Conradh na Gaeilge                                                                           €5,000

European Consumer Centre Ireland                                                  €1,000

Ellen Gunning                                                                                     €3,000

Irish Centre for European Law                                                           €3,000

Near Media Group                                                                               €5,000

Limerick Educate Together School                                                       €500

Faculty of Law, UCC                                                                            €1,000

West Dublin Access Radio                                                                  €2,000

EU2U Education and Training                                                             €4,000