MIC Graduate and Student-School-College Liaison Officer To Sit on First US Embassy Irish Youth Council

Mairéad Collins, former President of Mary Immaculate Students’ Union (MISU) and current Student-School-College Liaison Project Officer at MIC, has become a member of the first ever US Embassy Irish Youth Council. At the high-profile launch by Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mairéad met the other members of the Irish Youth Council, all aged between 18 and 25, from various youth agencies and backgrounds.

The Irish Youth Council has been established in order to advise the US Embassy on the challenges and issues facing young people in Ireland today and provide input into policy issues related to the U.S. – Irish relationship. To assist in the establishment of the Council, the US Embassy called on Mary Immaculate College, among other third level institutions and various organisations, to identify and nominate talented young people to apply for membership. The College nominated five exceptional graduates and the US Embassy selected Mairéad Collins from among the nominees.

Mairéad studied Media & Communication Studies and History as part of the BA in Liberal Arts Degree at MIC, before going on to become MISU President for two years. She is now a member of the Marketing & PR Office staff at the College in her role as School-Student-College Project Liaison Officer. Mairéad will serve as a member of the Irish Youth Council for one year and attend meetings of the Council in Dublin on a quarterly basis.

Commenting on her appointment, Mairéad said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected to be a member of this council. I think it’s an excellent step forward in terms of identifying and addressing issues facing young people in Ireland today. I will be interested to see how the Council progresses over the next few years as this year will really be about laying the foundations for the coming years.”

The Youth Council will be supported by the Embassy as part of the US State Department’s Global Youth Initiative. Speaking after the event, Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton said: “I just met with the State Department’s newest Embassy Youth Council, based here in Dublin. We now have 50 youth councils around the world, made up of students, entrepreneurs, civil society members, members of government. And I must say, the Irish young people I just met with exuded talent, energy, and optimism.”

President of MIC, Prof. Michael A Hayes stated that, “The College is both delighted and congratulates Mairéad Collins on her appointment to the US Embassy Irish Youth Council. This appointment is indicative of the quality of our graduates and of their ability to contribute to building the common good.”