Press Release

Views expressed here are the views of the national delegation and do not always reflect the views of the Group as a whole

Irish Men's Sheds nominated for European Citizen's Prize

Brussels
, 28.03.2018 - 17:47
European Parliament Springtime

Irish EPP Group MEPs Seán Kelly, Mairead McGuinness, Brian Hayes and Deirdre Clune have jointly nominated the Irish Men's Sheds Association for the 2018 European Citizen's Prize. The prestigious award recognises projects or individuals that promote cross-border cooperation and EU values.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly said: "Having met with and spoken at many of the Irish Men's Sheds Association events, I am delighted that the Fine Gael delegation has put forward this very positive community-based initiative for the European Citizen's Prize."

In proposing the Irish organisation for the accolade, the MEPs said the movement "has distinguished itself in strengthening European integration".

"The Men’s Sheds motto is 'Men don't talk face to face. They talk shoulder to shoulder'. It creates a space where men can otherwise discuss health issues and emotions while engaging in purposeful activities. This advances the health and well-being of the participating men by combatting issues such as loneliness and isolation while creating a culture where men can openly discuss their thoughts and feelings without stigma.

"It has shown how integration is one of its key values by being a dedicated, friendly and welcoming meeting place where men, regardless of age, background or ability, come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities. These activities include carpentry, bike and vehicle repairs, upholstery, gardening, bee keeping, painting, singing, developing IT skills, and playing cards," the four MEPs stated in their official nomination.

"The Association is part of a larger network of Men’s Sheds associations in England, Scotland, Wales, Finland, and Greece thereby inducing European cohesion and it provides information, resources and support for others to set up their own Sheds. Together with the other European branches, it is strengthening European integration and so we are delighted to nominate them for this prize."

The European Citizen’s Prize celebrates projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding and EU values. Winners will be announced later this year ahead of an official prize-giving ceremony at the European Parliament, Brussels in October.

Last year, the Irish EPP Group MEPs successfully nominated the Irish youth organisation, Foróige, which won the 2017 European Citizen's Prize.

Note to Editors
The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 219 Members from 28 Member States

MEP Contacts

-
Seán KELLY
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845206 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849206
Email: sean.kelly@europarl.europa.eu

Press Contacts

Cliona Connolly
Press Relations Legal and Home Affairs Working Group, Ireland; Communications Strategy
Phone: +32 475 957 874

Latest

Apple Inc.
21.06.2018 - 14:25

EPP Group wants black list of uncooperative companies

Offshore legal services provider Appleby and Baker McKenzie refuses to appear in Tax Evasion Committee "The lack of cooperation by certain...
Empowering Europeans’ petition drives
21.06.2018 - 10:45

Empowering Europeans’ petition drives

In a bid to help citizens petition the EU for legislation, a European Parliament committee has approved a plan to overhaul the European Citizens...
MEPs in Legal Affairs Committee back new copyright legislation
20.06.2018 - 16:15

MEPs in Legal Affairs Committee back new copyright legislation

In a vote in the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, MEPs have backed new EU copyright rules that are better adapted to the digital...
Cow eating grass
20.06.2018 - 16:02

Reducing risks of antibiotic resistance for humans

"This is a big step for public health. We will reduce the consumption of antibiotics in farm animals, which are an important source of...

Highlights of the week

25.06.2018 - 29.06.2018
Woman with cancer wearing scarf

EPP Group prioritises fight against cancer

The EPP Group will hold a conference discussing solutions in the fight against cancer. Cancer is one of the main health challenges many Europeans...
Facebook

Facebook under scrutiny once again

After the hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the first hearing within the LIBE, AFCO, JURI and ITRE Committees, a second hearing will...
Flag of Hungary

Situation in Hungary

Members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will vote on the Report on the situation in Hungary. The vote will take place on...
Nikos Volakis