first_imgPat The Cope Gallagher MEPIreland North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher today launched the European Direct Information Centre which will be situated Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair.Speaking at today’s launch, Mr Gallagher stated “Donegal County Council Library Service has hosted the Europe Direct Information Centre since 2005 in Central Library, Letterkenny, when the European Commission initiated the concept of Europe Direct Information Centres as a way to create a network of accessible, local information centres in all EU Member States.”“In 2012, Donegal County Council Library Service was again awarded this contract for the duration of the present call until 2017. This new contract included, in addition to the main EDIC in Central Library, Letterkenny, a further satellite centre situated in Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair, providing services to Gaeltacht areas nationally.” “The mission of the EDIC network is to distribute information and advice about the European Union’s policies, actively promote local and regional debate about the European Union, allow the European institutions to disseminate local and regional information and give the public the opportunity to send feedback to the European Union institution. The Europe Direct Information Centres at the library are the local link between Europe and the citizen.”“The Europe Direct Information Centre network is a European-wide network of information points for EU citizens. In Ireland the Europe Direct relay is delivered regionally through the network of our public libraries. The public library service provides this valuable link between the European Commission and Irish citizens as part of its role at the heart of the community. Libraries are communication and information centres for each community, centrally located and as accessible as possible to their users in every town and city in Ireland. ”“Public library branches enjoy very high footfall and champion a culture of open access to all. As the default source of assistance when seeking information about public and government information, they are particularly suited to the role as facilitators for communications to and for the EU.”“As part of their remit, EDICs also provide a host of events and activities throughout the year, ranging from the annual ‘Have your Say’ Soapbox competition with regional heats and a national final, talks on current EU issues such as agriculture and fisheries funding reform, European folk tales & story times, to debates on EU policy and exhibitions on European history & traditions.” “There are eight Europe Direct Information Centres across the country with coverage stretching countrywide: Letterkenny / Gweedore, Tubbercurry, Ballinalsoe, Mallow, Waterford, Mountmellick, Blanchardstown and Dundalk. The website provides details of all of the contact information for the Centres, all current and future events taking place, information on the EU institutions in Ireland as well as details of and access to central EU developments and current information.”“For the first time since the launch of the Europe Direct initiative in Ireland in 2005, the Centre providing services to the Gaeltacht areas nationally, have been situated here in Leabharlann Pobail Ghaoth Dobhair. Acting in partnership with the main Europe Direct Information Centre in Central Library, Letterkenny, the Centre here in Ghaoth Dobhair carries out all functions, such as providing information on EU institutions and initiatives, answering queries and staging events through the medium of the Irish language. The general public at any time can contact the library here with any queries or initiatives to do with the European Union. If the staff here in Donegal cannot find the answer to a query, they can avail of a direct line to the EU Information Centre in Brussels.” Pat the Cope concluded “To be responsible for this is a great tribute to Donegal County Council, in particular to its library service in Donegal and to the work of the library staff in particular. The fact that the contract for Europe Direct Information Centre has been awarded to Donegal County Council Library Service several times is testimony to this. The manager of the Europe Direct Information Centre Donegal & Gaeltacht Helen McNutt, plus the staff both in Central library and here in Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair, Laura McNutt, Ann Rennicks and Dennis McGeady take great pride in carrying out this function in a professional and enthusiastic manner and it gives me great pleasure today to officially launch Ionad Eolais Eoraip go Díreach Ghaoth Dobhair.” PAT THE COPE OPENS EUROPEAN INFORMATION CENTRE IN GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: September 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more