Meet Your MEP in Blanchardstown Library

Europe Direct
Event Information

Date: 6 Feb 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Europe Direct Centre: Blanchardstown Library
Location: Blanchardstown Library

Event Description

Event: Meet your MEP

Venue: Blanchardstown library

Time: 10-11.30 – Light refreshments will be served from 10am – 10.30am

Date 6th February

The Europe Direct Information Centre Blanchardstown has organised an information session for Young people and the general public to get an insight into the working life of an MEP and how the European Parliament works.

On the 6th of February Dublin MEP, Nessa Childers will be joined by Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament representation in Dublin to give a presentation to young people from Coolmine Community College and Blakestown Community School in Blanchardstown Library. Francis Jacobs will open proceedings with an overview of his work and how the European Parliament operates. MEP Nessa Childers will talk about her experience as an MEP, her role in the European Parliament and how decisions are made that affect Irish Citizens. After the presentations the floor will be open for Questions and answers. The General public are welcome to come along to this event.

This is a great opportunity for young people to engage with a sitting MEP. They will gain working knowledge of how the European Parliament works, with a chance to voice any question they may have. It is hoped that the students will leave with an understanding of how democracy works within Europe encouraging them to become active voters and citizens not only in their own community but in Europe.

Mayor of Fingal Mags Murray, CEO of Fingal Paul Reid and Senior Executive Library Betty Boardman will be in attendance to welcome Dublin MEP Nessa Childers and Francis Jacobs to Fingal County Council and Blanchardstown Library.

This is event was organised by the manager of the Europe Direct Centre Blanchardstown Library Susan Lovatt: For more information contact Susan on susan.lovatt@fingal.ie/ 0871122125 or 018905578

Francis Jacobs has been the Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland from 1 September 2006. Francis has worked with the European Parliament since just before the first direct elections in 1979. From 2000-2006 he was the Head of Unit of the Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and before this had been on the staff of the European Parliament Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Constitutional Affairs, Rules of Procedure and of the Temporary Committee on German Unification. Before joining the Parliament’s staff, Francis Jacobs had worked with a US trade association in Washington DC, and with Unilever in London.

MEP Nessa Childers was first elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2009 for the Ireland East Constituency, and joined the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. In May 2014 she stood for election in Dublin, and was re-elected as an independent member of the European parliament, re-joining the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats as a non-party member.

Nessa is a full member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI), and a substitute member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM). She is co-chair of the European Parliament’s Mental Health interest group and co-chair of MEPs against Cancer. In recognition of her work in the area of public health, she was twice nominated by public health groups for MEP of Year in Health at the Parliament Magazine Awards 2011 & 2012.

Nessa’s father was Erskine Childers President of Ireland and her grandfather, Robert Erskine Childers, was mainly responsible for carrying out the Howth gun running which was an essential part of the preparations for the 1916 Easter Rising. . He was a member of the First Dáil and Director of Publicity for Sinn Féin during the War of Independence and was executed during the Civil War.