EU of­fi­cial goes back to De La Salle school

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IT’S A LONG WAY from Brus­sels to Wick­low Town, but that’s ex­actly where one se­nior Ir­ish of­fi­cial in the EU is headed this week to visit his old secondary school, De La Salle.

Colin Byrne, who works on em­ploy­ment strat­egy for the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, is drop­ping into the Gar­den County to tell stu­dents what it’s like work­ing for the union.

It’s part of an EU-wide ‘ Back to School’ ini­tia­tive which will see al­most 100 Ir­ish of­fi­cials in Brus­sels re­turn to their old schools as past pupils to talk about their job.

‘I’m de­lighted to be go­ing back to De La Salle,’ said Mr. Byrne.

‘Re­turn­ing to your roots is a great way to con­nect with young peo­ple and find out what they want and ex­pect from Europe’. Plenty of other Ir­ish big­wigs in Brus­sels will be also be pay­ing vis­its home, in­clud­ing David O’Sul­li­van, the EU’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Trade, and Cather­ine Day, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

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