Returning to Loreto Secondary School in Wexford, MEP Nessa Childers this afternoon formally launched an impressive mosaic created by the students to represent the EU’s Charter Of Fundamental Rights.
‘The Charter Of Fundamental Rights is very important, and provides me in my role as an MEP with a strong basis for my decision making in the Parliament,’ Ms Childers told the gathered mass of students and teachers.
‘I absolutely believe that we should not only treat everyone equally under law, but that we also respect everyone equally. I see it as my duty to speak out when we do not protect the vulnerable.’
Ms Childers, who currently represents the East constituency but because of a boundary reshuffle will run for re-election in Dublin this May, added: ‘We need more discussion about the Charter, because even though the Charter is primarily designed to prevent EU institutions from violating human rights, it can still be used at national level.’
While congratulating them, the independent politician also told the students that the mosaic they created was ‘an inspiration’ – and one which gave them ‘a very good basis for the future’.
In October, Ms Childers also met with the Loreto Wexford students as part of their Civic, Social and Political Education studies, taking part in a discussion on the workings of the European Parliament.