Adam at spe­cial event for UK state visit

Bray People - - NEWS FOCUS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

ADAM HAR­RIS, founder of the AsIAm.ie web­site, at­tended a spe­cial youth event in Lon­don City Hall last Wed­nes­day as part of Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins' his­toric visit to Bri­tain.

The event was at­tended by young people from across Bri­tain and Ire­land who gath­ered to­gether to dis­cuss the com­mon is­sues fac­ing the youth of both na­tions.

It was at­tended by re­cip­i­ents of the An Gaisce Pres­i­dents' Award and it's Bri­tish coun­ter­part, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from youth or­gan­i­sa­tions across Bri­tain and Ire­land in­clud­ing mem­bers of the UK Youth Par­lia­ment.

Ir­ish TV per­son­al­ity Gráinne Seoighe served as MC at the event, which was also at­tended by Min­is­ter for Chil­dren and Youth Af­fairs Frances Fitzger­ald.

Among the events to take part on the day was ‘ Tak­ing Charge of Change' which con­sisted of a work­shop with dis­cus­sions on a wide va­ri­ety of topics. Among these were youth voice in democ­racy and the ap­a­thy present in both na­tions among young people to­wards the demo­cratic process as well as the many cul­tural com­mon­al­i­ties be­tween the two na­tions such as a shared love of mu­sic, the arts and sport.

The re­sponses gleamed from this dis­cus­sion will be fed back to the Pres­i­dent's of­fice from which a re­port will be com­piled that will be pre­sented to both the Ir­ish and Bri­tish gov­ern­ments with a view to as­sist­ing the young people in both coun­tries. The Pres­i­dent him­self stopped by in the City Hall later in the evening to meet the par­tic­i­pants.

Adam de­scribed the oc­ca­sion as a ‘won­der­ful event' that he was ‘re­ally ex­cited to be a part of.'

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