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Model Council of the European Union debate, Dublin Castle

The Model Council is an annual debate for secondary schools organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland in conjunction with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland. It is a simulation of a meeting of the Council of the European Union and involves teams from secondary schools around Ireland, each of which represents an EU Member State. The event allows schools to learn about the EU's decision-making process.

This year's debate took place on 27 February in Dublin Castle. The topic was the European Green Deal, specifically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


EU Castle


Back row L-R: Barry Andrews MEP (chaired the debate); Mary McCaughey, Head of Information and Communication, Eurofound (debate judge); Ciarán Cuffe MEP; Ambassador of Czechia, H.E. Mr Petr Kynštetr; Jennifer Simmons (teacher); Clodagh Havel (teacher); Michael Ewing, Development Officer, Irish Environmental Network & Environmental Pillar (debate judge); Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland

Front row L-R: Genevieve McDonnell, Fifth Year; Yvonne Farrell, Fifth Year; Eimear Barrett, Fifth Year