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Posted on 11/9/12, at 2:36


Being Young and Irish 2012



On Saturday, 17th November President Michael D. Higgins will hold the first of his Presidency Seminars at Áras an Uachtaráin. The theme of this first seminar is Being Young and Irish 2012. Over 700 young people have contributed to Being Young and Irish 2012 since its launch in May of this year.

100 young people, representing young people who took part in four regional Being Young and Irish 2012 workshops hosted by the President in September, will attend this final part of the consultation and a seminar in Áras an Uachtaráin on Saturday, 17th November. The day will culminate with young people presenting the ‘Take Charge of Change’ declaration to the President and his invited guests.

Representatives of the Department of the Taoiseach and various other Government departments and State agencies are expected to be amongst the invited audience at the seminar.

In his inaugural address almost a year ago President Higgins said;

“During my Presidency, I also intend to hold a number of Presidency Seminars which may reflect and explore themes important to our shared life yet separate and wider than legislative demand, themes such as the restoration of trust in our institutions, the ethical connection between our economy and society, the future of a Europe built on peace, social solidarity and sustainability.

The first of these seminars will focus on being young in Ireland.”

Earlier this year the President invited young people to tell him about their vision for Ireland and how that vision might be achieved. He invited them to do that in whatever format they preferred, be it through prose, poetry, song, video and/or audio. Young people responded with enthusiasm and submitted their proposals to the President via the website and by post.

Following the sending out of this invitation the President ran four regional workshops with young people; in Dublin, Cork, Monaghan and Galway. On each of four consecutive Saturdays in September the President met with young people at the commencement of a day working with a team of professional facilitators as they set out to explore and discuss their ideas around Ireland’s future.

439 young people took part in the online and postal consultation while 294 young people attended the regional workshops. A team of DIT researchers is currently analysing the online, postal and face to face contributions from young people and compiling the Being Young and Irish 2012 Report. The report, which will be published on and delivered to the appropriate Government authorities and agencies will form the basis for a final ‘Take Charge of Change’ Declaration which will be presented by young people on Saturday, 17th November.

The Being Young and Irish 2012 Presidency seminar will run from 10am to 5.30pm in the Hyde Room at Áras an Uachtaráin.