STATUS :: Independent MEP Marian Harkin instigated the procedure necessary to seek designated status for the potato based food product Boxty. Boxty is synonymous with the border counties, Mayo and North Longford, and following a meeting of Boxty producers organised by the Independent MEP, a case to be made to the European Commission is currently being developed. Marian held discussions on the matter with Boxty restaurant owner Padraic Gallagher who has written about the history of the iconic potato product. She is pictured with Padraic outside his Gallagher’s Boxty House restaurant in Temple Bar in Dublin.
DEBATE :: Model Council of the European Union debate, Dublin CastlePic shows: Students from Mercy College, Sligo (Front L-R) Grace Filan, Mackenzie Ellwood and Hannah Scanlon with (back L-R) Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Gerry Kiely, HIs Excellency Ambassador of Croatia, Mr. Ivan Masina, Journalist for The Irish Farmers Journal, Mairead Lavery, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland, Noelle O Connell, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Gerry Kiely at Dublin Castle where they where debating the hot topic of EU trade policy at the eleventh annual Model Council of the European Union. Students from Mercy College, Sligo role-played Croatia in an intense and well informed discussion among 26 other schools from across Ireland. Photo: MaxwellPhotography.ie