PRESS RELEASE: Minister Dara Murphy to mark the Blue Star Programme regional launch at Cork school

Cork, Friday 3 March 2017:  Minister of State for European Affairs, Data Protection and EU Digital Single Market, Dara Murphy TD, is to visit Berrings National School in Inniscarra, County Cork this morning to officially launch the school’s participation in the Blue Star Programme 2016-2017.

The objective of the Blue Star Programme, now in its sixth year, is to foster better understanding and knowledge among Irish primary pupils of how the European Union affects our lives.  This year, the Programme, which is managed by European Movement Ireland, has more than 165 schools from all 26 counties registered, with over 12,500 participating pupils.  Classroom projects and activities have already begun in earnest across the country.

Minister Murphy said “I’m delighted to be launching the Blue Star Programme here in Berrings National School today and to see that the school has signed up for the Programme, like many other schools around the country.  Blue Star is an exciting programme that allows pupils to learn about our rich European heritage and the importance of the EU today. It’s fantastic to see the hard work and effort put in to all the projects by the children and their teachers and I know this is mirrored in over 165 schools taking part this year.”

“All primary schools are eligible to register for the Programme,” said Ms Noelle O Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland.  “We already provide lots of material, advice and a curriculum,” added Ms O Connell “and we’re here to help, no matter how big or small a national school is.  Interested teachers can contact us on (01) 662 5815 or by e-mail on bluestar@europeanmovement.ie,” concluded Noelle O Connell.

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