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Pinning a Blue Star on schools

REGISTRATION for the 2017-2018 Blue Star Programme for primary schools is now open. The programme is an education initiative for primary schools across Ireland. Its aim is to foster better understanding and knowledge of Europe and how the EU affects the lives of citizens among Irish primary pupils, through classroom projects and activities. Since the first year of the programme in 2011-2012, Clare has had 41 primary schools participate. Since then, the Blue Star Programme has had nearly 750 primary schools in total across the country participate. Primary schools pupils are challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out projects in relation to four key elements: the history, geography, culture and creativity and institutions of the EU. The wider school community is also encouraged to get involved and contribute to the programme. Above all, the Blue Star Programme is designed to be as curriculum-friendly as possible for teachers, so it can fit in with lesson plans already in place. Schools can register before Friday, October 13. Participating schools will then be asked …

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Young adults back EU

Irish support for the European Union remains very high and is growing, in particular among young adults, according to a new poll. The Red C poll, commissioned by European Movement Ireland, found 90% support for the EU among Irish people, and that 87% believe that Ireland has, on balance, benefited from the European Union. At 94%, support for Ireland’s EU membership is even higher among young adults in the 18-24 age bracket, up from 85% in 2015. Commenting on the poll findings, Dara Murphy, Minister of State for European Affairs, said, “The findings are particularly significant, coming less than a month before the United Kingdom, our nearest neighbour, goes to the polls on the question of its continued EU membership.” “I’m particularly delighted to see very high support for the EU among young people, with support among the 18-24 age group having increased considerably on last year, to reach 94%.” “Coming from a small open country, I think Irish people …

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