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Tánaiste and MoS McEntee announce funding for Communicating Europe Initiative

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, together with the Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD, today congratulated 25 NGOs, local community groups and others who have been awarded funding under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 2019 Communicating Europe Initiative.  


Announcing the funding allocation for 2019, the Tánaiste said: 


‘’The range of ambitious projects funded under this year’s Communicating Europe Initiative is testament to the high level of interest across all sectors of civil society to engage on EU issues. Projects funded this year include a European Parliament election voter app, a Know your MEP campaign, a project on the role of the EU in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, projects aimed at adult learners, children’s European Rights online, the European Social Pillar, the EU charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Youth parliament Ireland 2019 as well as a number of local community events in Cork, Galway and Sligo.


“The 25 successful projects, 10 more than last year, will make extremely valuable contributions to the ongoing debate on the Future of Europe and I congratulate all the groups who have received funding.”


Minster McEntee stated

"On Europe Day, I'm delighted to announce funding of 100,000 to 25 organisations under the Communicationg Europe Initiative. The high level of interest in this year's scheme, together with the variety of projects, reflects the desire of Irish people to understand and have access to quality information on European issues." 


The full list of successful projects is as follows -

Future of Europe – Junior Achievement Ireland EU4Youth series of events, Smashing Times Theatre Group Citizens in an Equal Europe series of events, Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative Europe 2030 Sustainable Living project.

3rd level – TU Dublin What does the EU mean for you?, UL Communicating Europe through the Media project.

2nd level schools – European Youth Parliament Ireland 2019 series of events, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory School’s Toolkit Engaging Space for a better Europe, The Graduate EU website, Our lady’s Secondary School Castleblaney Conference on the future of the Irish border and the EU.

Primary schools – UCC My Big Friendly Guide to the European Union website.

Youth – Children’s Rights Alliance Guide to European Rights online, Young Social Innovators Know your MEP.

Civil Society – Aontas You and EU podcast series. European Anti-Poverty Network European Pillar of Social Rights website, Free Legal Advice Centres Seminar on EU Charter of Fundamental rights, The Wheel European engagement for Irish civil society, UCC Centre for Law and the Environment Two seminars on EU environmental law.

Media – UL Communicating Europe through the Media project, Europe United podcast series, Near Media EP election radio debate, SuddonSet Cork podcast series, UL WhichCandidate European Parliament Elections website/app.

Local Community events – Ballinderreen, Co Galway Europe of the Future weekend, Inniscarra Twinning Association, Co Cork Twinning weekend of events, IRD Duhallow, Co Cork Two Europe in Duhallow workshops, Sligo Family Resource Centre Migrant integration weekend event.


Further information is available from

Communicating Europe Initiative 2019
Aontas You and the EU: the voice of adult learners in Ireland Nationwide €5,000
Audrey Galvin, UL Communication Europe through the Media product Limerick €2,500
Ballinderreen Community Centre, Galway Europe of the Future Galway €2,000
Childrens Rights Alliance  Know Your Rights: A guide to children's European rights online Online €6,000
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork Engaging Space for a better Europe Nationwide €2,500
Europa United Eurochat series of podcats Online €2,000
European Anti Poverty Network Know your Rights: The European pillars of social rights Online €5,000
European Youth Parliament Ireland The European Youth Parliament Ireland 2019 Nationwide €12,000
Free Legal Advice Centres Using the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to advance equality law Dublin €2,500 The Graduate website Online €3,000
Inniscarra Twinning Association New Tunes for Europe: Inniscarra Twinning brings a fusion of Breton and Irish music to Cork schools and villages Cork €2,500
IRD Duhallow, Co Cork Europe in Duhallow Cork €2,000
Junior Achievment Ireland EU4Youth Mayo/Galway €3,000
Near Media Co-Op, Dublin Live European Election Radio Debate  Online €2,000
Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblaney The Future of the Irish Border and the European Union's Role: A Peoples Conference Monaghan €3,000
Sligo Family resource Centre Sligo International Concert Sligo €1,000
Smashing Times International Arts Festival Citizens in an Equal Europe Nationwide €5,000
SuddonOnSet, Cork Free Movement Podcasts Online €2,000
The Wheel European Engagement for Irish Civil Society Online €7,000
TU Dublin What does EU mean to you? Dublin/Online €3,000
UCC Centre for Law and the Environment Communicating EU Environmental Law, Policy & Practice  Cork €5,000
UCC MBFGTEU My Big Friendly Guide to the EU Cork €8,000
Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative Sustainable Living: The role of the EU in achieving the 2030 Agenda Waterford €5,000
WhichCandidate Department of Politics and Law, UL Helping voters make an informed decision at the European Parliament Elections in Ireland Nationwide €2,000
Young Social Innovators #know your MEP Online €7,000
    TOTAL €100,000

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