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Barrett, Jeanne; Richardson, Fiona: Impact!, Civic, Social and Political Education for Junior Certificate. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan ltd., 5th ed. [5. Aufl.], 2010 [1998], 155, 156, 160.

"Ireland and the Wider World"

[p. 155]

Ireland and the Wider World

In Chapter 4 you saw how as citizens of Ireland we take part in and influence what happens at the national level. As citizens of Ireland we are also members of international groups such as the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN). As a member of international organisations, Ireland takes part in, influences and is affected by what happens in the wider world. As a global citizen , a member of the world community, each of us can influence what happens outside Ireland . As global citizens we also have certain rights and responsibilities that go beyond our local and national communities.

[p. 156]


We do not have to look very far to see some of our connections with the wider world. Think about the food you eat and where it comes from. The cereals you eat were probably grown in the United States, your jam might have come from Belgium, your fruit from Latin America and your tea from India. The T-shirts you wear may have been made in Bangladesh and the jeans in America. Some of the clothes we wear do not carry a label stating the country of origin because they are made for large chain stores in Europe. From the moment you wake up in the morning you rely on and are linked to the wider world.


[depiction of a woman getting out of bed]

[depiction of a girl dressed in a school uniform]

[depiction of a woman at a desk]

[p. 160]


MEPs Have their Say


[depiction of a chat window]

[Student:] Would you describe yourself as an Irish citizen or a European citizen?

Proinsias De Rossa MEP: I have a two-sided citizenship. I am a citizen of Ireland and of the European Union. Each 'side' of my citizenship is linked to the other and each one gives me rights and responsibilities.

Mairead McGuinness MEP: I am both! I consider myself to be an Irish citizen, but also to be a European citizen. It is possible to have multiple loyalties. For example, I was born in Ardee, Co. Louth, but now live in Co. Meath - however, I regard myself as being from Co. Louth, but being very much part of Co. Meath, too.

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