Europe as a Global Actor with Matt Carthy MEP

Event Information

Date: 19 Sep 2016
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Europe Direct Centre: Letterkenny Library
Location: Central Library Letterkenny

Event Description


On September 19th Matt Carthy MEP spoke to the general public and senior students on the role of the EU as a Global Actor in EDIC Letterkenny. This presentation took place from 11am to 12.00pm.

85 people mostly senior students but also some members of the general public, were in the audience to hear Matt’s very comprehensive and interesting presentation.

Before the presentation EDIC staff member Laura McNutt spoke about the EDIC in Central Library and Gaoth Gobhair and the facilities provided by EDIC to the general public. Students were told how they can freely use these facilities which are an invaluable resource to help to them when researching for their EU module in SSPE classes. The audience was also invited to visit the EU as a Global Actor exhibition which was present in the room. EDIC bags containing EU as a Global Actor information packs as well as other material were distributed to the audience. We also took this opportunity to advertise our upcoming Soapbox Regional Final and application forms were included in the audience bags.

Matt Carthy MEP spoke about EU policies on Climate Justice, The Refugee Crisis and Trade Deals to name but a few and then opened the presentation up to questions from the audience.

Matt also pointed to the other MEPs for Midlands North West constituency, whose photographs were displayed in the EDIC for the talk. He asked if everyone knew who they were and went through them one by one talking about where they were from and what their areas of expertise were.

During the Q & A session the following topics were discussed, ‘How to Get elected as MEP’, Brexit and its potential impact on Ireland, TTIP and CETA, Homelessness, Water Charges and Funding for projects such as infrastructural development.

Matt highlighted that countries have to come together to tackle global issues such as Climate Change and take responsibility for how their policies and habits impact third world countries. The EU provides the ideal platform for this collaboration. He also spoke about the responsibilities of being an MEP and urged the young people present in particular to become involved as  ‘Active Citizens’.