Lena Jacobs of the Department of the Taoiseach won the title Ireland Young Thinker of the Year at the 2017 Young Ireland Programme for an 'intellectually mature piece of writing and thinking' on prison policy. The adjudicators praised the paper's impeccable research and forensic approach, remarking that Lena had provided a 'skillful rebuttal of each of the reasons given for sending people to prison'. The runner-up was Jessica McCrory of the Office of the Information Commissioner for a 'confident piece of writing' on the growth of protectionist nationalism, while Stephen Kenneally of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht was highly commended for a 'crisply written' paper advocating for the right of asylum seekers to work and engage in higher education. Clare Bromley of the same department was commended for her paper on the impact of social media on our lives. Click here for photos from an exceptionally friendly and inspiring programme.
The dates for the Young Local Authority of the Year 2018 have been announced! On 21 and 22 February, teams of two representing local authorities across the UK will meet in Lancaster for two days of lively and inspiring competition. Click here for more information.
The 2017 Young Scotland Programme (Troon, November) is now fully booked! More information to follow soon. NEWS: due to the high demand for places in this event, we are running an additional Young Scotland Programme in January. Click here for the brochure and to book for this new event.