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European Studies at first hand, as Matt Carty, MEP addresses students at Monaghan Institute

Monaghan native and Member of the European Parliament, Matt Carthy, came to Monaghan Institute recently to give a brief and insightful look into the life and work of an MEP in Brussels. He was invited to speak to European Studies students in the Liberal arts course, all of whom enjoyed his visit, writes student Darren Fitzsimons.

Matt outlined the work he does in Brussels championing Ireland in the midst of the Brexit negotiations, as well as taking questions from the class about the major challenges facing Europe in the years ahead. He gave his frank opinion and the class engaged in a lively debate on issues ranging from the migrant crisis to economic affairs. Matt also spoke about the structure of the EU and its leadership.

Matt lives in Carrickmacross and travels to Brussels for approx three days each week. Once a month MEPs also travel to Strasbourg for voting purposes. He explained that as a local Monaghan man he felt it was his responsibility to be at home as much as possible to ensure that his work in Europe stayed relevant to the people who elect him. Matt also highlighted the importance of young people voting and becoming politically active.

The European Studies class is one of the modules that forms part of the Liberal Arts course at Monaghan Institute. Students can progress from this course into degrees at Universities/IT’s across Ireland, focusing on fields such as teaching, politics, journalism along with many other career areas.

Monaghan Institute invites you to come and see all that Liberal Arts has to offer, along with the other courses in the college, at our Open Day on Thursday, March 8th from 11am to 7pm. All welcome.

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