St Joseph’s CBS, Nenagh students Tadhg Hogan and John Leahy, were feted in Brussels after they won a secondary schools competition organised by the European Alliance and the Committee of the Regions.
Nenagh Independent Cllr Hughie McGrath is a member of the political grouping and was appointed to the CoR by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly earlier this year.
The competition took place in eight member states, involving pupils with ages between 14-18 years.
The competition’s first stage was a multiple choice test that assessed the students’ knowledge on the European Union and the EU institutions, while the second one was to write an essay on one of the topics reflecting European Year of Development 2015 or bottom-up communication in the European Union.
They met the vice-president of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič, with responsibility for Energy Union, and Markku Markkula, the president of the CoR, as well as members of the EA group in the Committee of the Regions.
As part of their trip, Tadhg and John also visited the European Parliament’s Parlamentarium to learn about the functioning of the European Union.
“I am delighted that both John and Tadhg won this Committee of the Regions / European Alliance group competition. It shows that Europe can engage with the young people to find out their views on the future. They also got to experience a real lively debate with the vice-president of the European Commission and the European Parliament,” said Cllr McGrath.