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Communicating Europe – September 2009

November 2, 2009

In September we held a series of four meetings on Communicating Europe & the Lisbon Treaty. This was in response to requests from members.

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament facilitated these meeting with Members of the European Parliament & other public representatives to inform Older People about the European Union & the Lisbon Treaty and their affect on older people.

Four meetings were held with a variety of speakers. The format was each meeting started with a “Just the Facts” presentation setting the context and history of the European Union facilitated by Andrea Pappin of the European Movement Ireland or Peadar O’Broin of the Institute of International & European Affairs. We sought a representative from the European Commission, but they were unable to facilitate our request.

This was followed by (an equal number of) speakers in favour (Y) of the Treaty & against (N) the Treaty. We had lively discussions as quite a number of older people came along both to listen and contribute.

The main speakers were:

  • Dún Laoghaire / Rathdown: Mary Hanafin TD (Y), Proinsias de Rossa MEP (Y), Eoin O’Broin (N) (in place of Mary Lou McDonald) and Tony Allwright, journalist (N). Seán Barrett TD attended and made a contribution. Frank Farrelly, ISCP Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown chaired the meeting.

DLR speakers

  • EPIC, Dublin: Gay Mitchell MEP (Y) & Patricia McKenna (N). Sylvia Meehan, President ISCP, chaired the meeting

EPIC Meeting

  • Finglas: Proinsias de Rossa MEP & Joe Higgins MEP (N). Hugh Smullen, Chair of Finglas Division ISCP, welcomed the attendees & speakers.
  • Galway: Cllr. Catherine Connolly (N) & Dr. Brendan Flynn, NUIG (Y). Evelyn Moran, ISCP Honorary Secretary & Galway Division chaired the meeting.
  • These meetings were organised in close cooperation with the local Divisions of the Parliament. Máiréad Hayes CEO and ISCP staff attended all meetings.

    Issues raised at the meetings included : healthcare, pensions, new taxes, why a second referendum, security & defence, the Citizens Initiative, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the Irish guarantees, Ireland’s Commissioner, wage rates, climate change and & voting rights.


    Communicating Europe Meetings

    September 6, 2009

     September 2009

     The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament are holding a series of meetings (details below) on Communicating Europe

    Three of the meetings  are being hosted by our Divisions in Dunlaoighaire, Finglas  and Galway. They are intended to provide an opportunity for Older People to receive in plain language;

    A factual presentation on the workings of Europe and its Institutions

    1. A presentation on the changes which would result from the Lisbon Treaty
    2. A forum which will allow both Pro and Anti Lisbon Treaty sides in the Referendum debate an opportunity to present their positions.

    Our intention is that Older People will be enabled to learn more about Europe and raise  questions on issues and areas of concern to them.

    Date Time Venue Speakers
    9 September 7.30– 9.30pm JohnstownParish Pastoral Centre,Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish,ChurchviewRoad,Killiney,

    Co. Dublin

    Andrea Pappin, European MovementMary Hanafin TD Minister for Social and Family AffairsProinsias de Rossa MEPMary Lou McDonald former MEP

    Tony Allright

    18 September 11.30am –1.15 pm EPIC Centre43, Molesworth Street,Dublin 2 Andrea Pappin, European MovementGay Mitchell MEPPatricia McKenna  former MEP
    23 September 2.00–4.00 pm WFTA Hall,Mellowes RoadWest Finglas European Movement Ireland representativeProinsias de Rossa MEPJoe Higgins MEP
    24 September 2.00 –4.00 pm Salthill Hotel,Galway European Movement Ireland representativeMarian Harkin MEPCllr. Catherine Connolly

    For further details please contact 01 8561243 or email