JEF Ireland and JEF UK Launch

"Young Europeans Northern Ireland" Section

JEF Ireland and JEF UK are thrilled to announce the launch of their joint initiative, “Young Europeans Northern Ireland.” This exciting event is set to take place on Saturday, September 9th, 2023, at Queens University Belfast. The launch event will feature a distinguished panel of speakers from diverse communities, fostering an open and inclusive dialogue about the future of Northern Ireland.

The panel of speakers includes:

  1. Nike Nesbitt MLA, Ulster Unionist
  2. Claire Hannah MP, SDLP
  3. Matthew O’Toole MLA, SDLP
  4. Stephen Farry MP, Alliance Party
  5. Senator Malcom Byrne, Fianna Fàil
  6. Colm Markey MEP, Fine Gael
  7. Eilidh O’Connor, President of SSUNI
  8. Aobh Hollywood, President of SDLP Youth
  9. Jay Singh Basra, Chair of Unionist Youth Network
  10. Luke Patterson, President of Alliance Youth

The event aims to bring together young people, policymakers, and community leaders to engage in meaningful discussions about the pressing issues facing Northern Ireland in the context of Europe. Topics on the agenda include cross-community collaboration, peace-building efforts, and the role of Northern Ireland within the broader European context.

“We are excited to launch ‘Young Europeans Northern Ireland’ in collaboration with JEF UK” said Robert O’Donnell, President of JEF Ireland. “This initiative provides a platform for young people in Northern Ireland to actively participate in shaping their future and building bridges across communities”.

“We believe in the power of dialogue and collaboration” added Klajdi Selimi, President of JEF UK. “By bringing together a diverse range of speakers and participants, we hope to contribute to a more inclusive and united Northern Ireland”.

“The creation of Young Europeans Northern Ireland brings Europeans together beyond borders and conflicts, demonstrating that our long term political goal of a united and democratic Europe can help bring peace and cooperation on the island’“ added Christelle Savall, Vice President of JEF Europe.

The event will include presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions, offering attendees the opportunity to share their ideas and perspectives. It will be a unique occasion for young Europeans in Northern Ireland to connect with their peers and engage with influential figures in a constructive and open-minded environment.

Details of the Launch Event:

Date: Saturday, September 9th, 2023
Time: 11am – 4.30pm
Venue: Queens University Belfast

Media representatives, community leaders, and interested individuals are encouraged to attend this inaugural event and join the conversation about the future of Northern Ireland in a European context.

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About JEF Ireland:

JEF Ireland is an Irish youth political organization focusing on Europe, its main aims are to encourage European activism and calling for a more democratic EU.

About JEF UK:

JEF UK is a British youth NGO and the youth wing of the European Movement UK, it aims to inform British youth about Europe, engage with the EU and advocates for stronger EU-UK relations.

About JEF Europe:

JEF Europe is a political youth NGO working towards for the creation of a democratic European federation as a guarantee for peace, the rule of law, and human rights.