Minister Flanagan meets first crop of Transition Year Iveagh Scholars30 April 2015
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today presented certificates of achievement to 30 Transition Year students from all over the country taking part in the inaugural Iveagh Scholars programme.
The first of its kind by any Government department, the programme aims to engage Irish students in international affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s work to promote Ireland’s interests and values around the globe.
As part of the programme, the 30 students are spending a week in the Department where they have the opportunity to see first-hand the work and impact of international diplomacy. Students were selected to take part following a competition in which they wrote an essay or recorded a short video on the theme of “Ireland’s values”.
Speaking at a meeting with the students this morning, the Minister said:
“I am delighted to meet with the next generation of citizens for whom Ireland’s foreign policy is so important and matters to the everyday lives of all.
“This programme, which is the first of its kind to be offered by any Government Department, offers students the chance to discuss and share their views on key issues in Ireland’s foreign policy, from human rights to promoting Irish businesses abroad. Not only is it an enriching and beneficial experience for the students, but it creates an invaluable dialogue between my Department and students in a rapidly-changing world.”
29 April 2015