MEP Mairead McGuinness who is first Vice-President of the European Parliament recently paid at official visit to St Mary’s College, Naas, where she spoke with students about her work as an MEP.
The students raised lots of questions about climate change and migration and it was great to hear their enthusiasm for how these issues can be tackled, the MEP said.
“Young people are particularly conscious of the impact of climate change and are active in encouraging more action to address it,” she said.
The MEP said she had a lively exchange of views with the students.
“They are impressively engaged with the topic of Europe, asking some very incisive questions.
“Clearly Brexit, given its proximity, was very much on the minds of the students, with questions about the impact of a hard border.
“These students do not remember how life was when there was a hard border but they have a deep appreciation of the freedom that we enjoy today on the island of Ireland and across the EU as EU citizens
“It’s bringing an ever deeper interest in the EU and the very direct impact Brexit could have on the daily lives of entire communities, on both sides of the border and between Ireland and the UK,” she said.
Ms McGuinness thanked the School for its participation in the European Parliament Ambassador Schools Programme.
She thanked the pupils, teacher Rosemary Morrissey and Principal, Rita McCabe, for a most enjoyable visit to the school.