Category Archives: Events

Musings about big events we’ve attended.

Interview with Helen Dixon @ Data Summit 2017

Helen Dixon was appointed as Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland in September 2014. She had previously held the role of the Irish Registrar of Companies from November 2009. Prior to that, she held senior civil service roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the areas of economic migration policy and, formerly , science , technology and innovation policy.

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Interview with John Frank from Microsoft @ Data Summit 2017

Denis and Cara interviewed John Frank at #DataSummitDublin

John Frank is Microsoft’s Vice President, EU Government Affairs. In the role, John leads Microsoft’s government affairs teams in Brussels and European national capitals on EU issues. John was previously Vice President, Deputy General Council and Chief of staff for Microsoft president and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith

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Interview with Jelena Radakovic

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On our trip to the European Parliament in Brussels last week, Amy and Roisin interviewd Jelena Radkovic, Parliamentary Assistant to Sean Kelly MEP. Jelena told us how being a Serbian camogie player led to her working with the former President of the GAA, Sean Kelly MEP! She spoke about her job in the Parliament and her deep affection for and great kndge of the issue affecting Ireland.

Amy and Roisin
Youth Media Team

Interview with Henry Wasung

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Lorcan and Amy interviewed Henry Wasung from the Visitor’s Centre in the European Parliament. Henry had spent some time with our group early in the morning to get an idea of the areas of EU policy that we were interested in, such as opportunities for study and working in the EU. Everyone was also very interested in the potential impact of Brexit, especially on Ireland. Henry met us again after our visit to the plenary room of the parliament and gave a presentation about the areas of interest that we had identified. Amy and Lorcan asked him about his work in the EU and also about his interesting situation as a citizen of the UK working in the Eu parliament.

Lorcan and Amy
Youth Media Team

Interview with Sean Kelly MEP

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Caitlin and Lorcan interviewed Sean Kelly MEP in the European Parliament. Sean invited the team over to Brussels and we were very fortunate to interview him during our visit.

Sean spoke to us about his work and the successes and challenges that come with it. He also told us how important it is for us to follow the work of the parliament and the work and study facilities they provide. We also asked him about Brexit and how it will effect rural Ireland but also us, young people.

Thanks so much to Sean for giving us the chance to learn about how the parliament works as well as exploring Brussels and the surrounding regions.

Caitlin and Lorcan
Youth Media Team

Interview with Professor Brian MacCraith

Anna and Roisin interviewed DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith at #WeAreExcited. Brian spoke to us about how he chaired the review of STEM education in Ireland the results of which were published last November by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton. He also spoke about being involved in competitions such as CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects and SciFest. He left us with some tips for teenagers in the online space.

Roisin and Anna
Youth Media Team