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"If the euro fails, Europe fails" motion of annual EU debate at the IT, Tralee

Mar 22, 2012

If the euro fails, Europe fails” is the topical motion up for debate at this year’s annual EU debate at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. This student led event takes place in the North Campus, Solás building at 7 p.m. on Monday 26th March. It is free and open to the public. The invited guest speaker is Mr. Tim Hayes, Head of Communication at the European Commission representation in Ireland. He will give a talk on the new fiscal stability Treaty, which will be voted on by the Irish people within the next three months.

This is the 9th year of ITT’s EU debate which was founded in 2003 under the auspices of the EU’s Jean Monnet Lifelong Learning Programme to support the development of EU integration studies. Since then it has grown and evolved to become an important local forum for discussion and critical debate on Ireland’s EU membership among students, staff and members of the wider community. Each year an invited guest speaker with expertise in EU affairs addresses the event.

The teams for 2012 are drawn from the School of Business. Proposing the motion and representing the Higher Certificate in Business Studies,Year 2 are Eugene Mc Mahon, Bryan McCarthy and Joseph Hadnett (mentor Lucy Kelly) ; opposing the motion and representing the Bachelor of Business Studies are Kristen O’Brien, Kaltrina Jashari, and Anna- Rose O’ Sullivan (mentor Majella Forde).

If you would like to find out more about how EU legislative and treaty changes are going to impact on Ireland in the future why not come along to this event. The annual EU debate is sponsored by ITT, the EU Commission in Ireland and the Communicating Europe Initiative. For more information on this event and for a wide range of information on the EU why not look at ITT’s EU blog. This dedicated EU site was developed by four business studies students in 2010 and is constantly updated by students. The EU blog is available at