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Sean Kelly MEP pictured after being awarded MEP of the Year 2014 for the Digital Agenda. Ireland's EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn presented Mr Kelly with the award.

Digital agenda ward for MEP

THE title of  MEP of the Year for the Digital Agenda has been awarded to Sean Kelly. The awards, presented in Brussels on Tuesday night, recognise the work of MEPs in a series of categories and winners are decided on a vote by their peers.

“I am honoured to win this award.  I wish to dedicate it to the excellent work done by Coder Dojo and all of the work of the European Parliament in furthering the digital agenda. Our present and our future is digital.  We need to foster an environment in the EU where the digital economy can generate jobs and growth and the European Parliament has a key role to play in this,” said Mr Kelly.

Mr Kelly spoke of how cyber-bullying is a worrying trend associated with so much of our lives moving online.

“I have held a series of forums across Ireland and in the European Parliament to gather together young people, teachers, community leaders and academics to come up with practical solutions to this scourge. It is a tribute to the great work done by my colleagues and I on Data Protection – the biggest global reform to privacy laws in the past 20 years,” he said.

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