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“Where’s your spirit of adventure?”

EYP Ireland Munster Regional Session 2011 Volume One

EYP Munster Regional Session 2011

Saturday, October 22 2011


Hello. James Moran & Niall Murphy Editors - in - Chief “Where’s your spirit of Adventure?”Although EYP has never been one for keeping accurate logs, I am almost positive that the Doctor was never a delegate himself. I think we’d remember something like that. Nevertheless, it would be easy to make such a mistake. For those of you who don’t know, the Doctor is a 900 year old alien do-gooder with a time-travelling phone box. The Doctor is so adventurous, so all knowing, so rugged that he encapsulates the EYP spirit. The Doctor roams from world to world, meeting and greeting with the local life forms. Like the wisest of delegates he listens to their conflicts, their disputes, their wars and then sorts them out for them. No matter what the problem is, be it one of ECON, of AFCO II or CULT he is a man with a plan, he is the one to ask. Similarly, you, the delegates, are fit for any task you put your minds to. Every committee has as many problems to deal with as there are episodes of Dr. Who. “There is only one form of life that matters: dalek life!” Although EYP has never been one for keeping accurate logs, I am almost positive that the Daleks have never sent a delegation to EYP. I think we’d remember something like that. For those of you who don’t know,


the Daleks are a race of genetic supremacists riding around in metallic suits that look remarkably like upturned dustbins. The Daleks are so violent, so dangerous and close minded that they represent almost the complete opposite of the EYP spirit. Their mission in life is to destroy all non-Dalek life, to rule the universe, to be generally unpleasant. Their response to problems of artistic funding is to destroy all life on earth; their response to Gaddafi’s regime is to destroy all life on earth; their response to a shortage of biscuits at the coffee breaks is to turn over tables, complain loudly and destroy all life on earth. “We know all about you, we heard your song...”Although EYP has

never been one for keeping accurate logs, I am almost positive that the Ood have never sent a delegation to EYP. I think we’d remember something like that. For those of you who don’t know, the Ood are a race of telepathic aliens who work for the good of the whole. It seems, however, that they’ve managed to infiltrate their way into the Munster 2011 Pressroom. As you will see over the course of this paper we know what’s going on all across the session. We know about your awkward slips during the orange game, we know about that horrible slip of the tongue you made during committee work this afternoon. We know it all and it’s all going in this paper. Good luck from the Editors.

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Contents Contents Committee Reports Pages 3 - 12 Opinion Pages 13 - 14

Saturday, October 22 2011


Ciara McConnell Aslak Busch Patrick Lavelle Presidential Ciaran Hyland Review Anna Nichols Pages 14 - 15 Mikey Finn Random Blah Conall O’Rourke Pages 16 - 17 Sandra Harney Oisin O‘ Callaghan Video Journalists Dominic Gallagher Simone Passeri Matt Brazel Amy Dudley David McElligott David Corish Kieran McNulty 2

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Saturday, October 22 2011

Standing on the Precipe? With the euro zone countries requiring bail-outs ,how should Europe deal with the single currency experiment in light of the economic downturn? Ciara McConnell Chief Economics Editor MARGARET THATCHER was pushed from power by the issue that was the yet-to-be-born euro. She foresaw with amazing clarity the trouble it was bound to cause. She could not comprehend how a single currency could accommodate both industrial powerhouses such as Germany and France, and smaller countries such as Ireland and Greece. Thatcher went on to predict that Germany would become panicked by any sign of inflation and that, in relation to the poorer counties, the euro ‘would devastate their inefficient countries’. While everybody was hopping on the euro band wagon, Margaret Thatcher foretold the possible crises that could be created by total economic unity, which is now very much the reality. In 2008 Lehman Brothers spectacularly failed, a major event in the global economic downturn. Europe seems, certainly at the moment, condemned to an unending series of crises. Why has the euro currency failed? It is becoming more and more apparent that there is a major flaw in the euro; the lack of a common treasury. The masterminds behind the euro did indeed create a common central bank but did not provide a


common treasury. They believed that if the euro ran into a crisis, that they would be able to overcome it, plain and simple. The Lehman Brothers collapse forced each government to pledge to save any financial institution from collapse. Angela Merkel rejected a European-wide approach, a unified approach, instead she maintained

Margaret Thatcher foretold the possible crises that could be created by total economic unity that the responsibility was on the country to guarantee their financial institutions. It took more than one year for the crisis itself to rear its ugly head.

Europe has started to build the foundations of a common treasury;

the EFSF (the European Financial Stability Fund). While this is progress, the functions of the EFSF are inadequately defined. The EFSF’s purpose is to act as a financial safety net for all Euro zone members, but in practice it is only adept to finance bail-out packages for three small Euro zone members; Greece, Portugal and Ireland. It is simply not large enough or well capitalised enough, to support bigger countries such as Spain or Italy. Changes need to be made to make the EFSF truly viable. The word unity is contained in the very name of the European Union yet it seems like the euro currency and its’ existence is in the hands of squabbling European politicians. It is hardly reassuring to EU citizens or the stock markets. This crisis that Europe is facing is a very serious issue that requires a very serious response. Countries need to stop thinking about their own needs and focus on collaboration.

Ciara McConnell has no special expertise in Economics.

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Arts Section

Saturday, October 22 2011

Funds: Wherefore art thou?

Closing Hospitals, social welfare cuts, and more pain to come; why keep spending money on cultural institutions? Sandra Harney Arts Reviewer

ARE THE ARTS ESSENTIAL? In times of recession can we afford the luxury of being cultured or is this the area in which we must scale back in order to pull through? Do the benefits of investing in the arts go beyond the creation of a few paintings and sculptures? These are some of the questions that CULT shall be asking themselves this weekend while they try to decide what the government’s limited and debt ridden funds should be spent on.



“Without art the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable”, George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright

From a psychological point of view one could argue that art is especially necessary during such dark economic times. With levels of unemployment, debt, death and decay higher than ever, the citizens of Ireland could use a cultural pick-me-up. A fair, a festival, a market, a show or an event could be just the thing to cheer up a nation who finds itself on its knees. Or perhaps that is a “load of baloney” as they say and what the people really need is some cold,


hard cash in the form of the redistribution of funds to more essential services like health and education. Maybe Mary Hanifin and her co-workers had the right idea in the last budget, and by cutting 6% from the arts to use elsewhere, they have done us a great service. Or is it possible that they didn’t go far enough? Could we reduce it even further in the interest of improving our standard of living in the future?

8 out of 10 articles about Ireland in the New York Times Sunday issue refer to culture and the arts. However the arts do seem to produce their own cold, hard cash in the form of, increased tourism through free advertising, employment opportunities and international investment attractions. Was there some method in the

Without art the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable

madness of the famous economist John Maynard Keynes when he set up the British equivalent of the Arts Council? Did he see the financial gains of investing in the arts or was he simply living in good economic times and so had some extra money to burn? In a perfect world we would have both, the arts and the essentials. One could say we don’t live in a perfect world and it is hard to argue otherwise. Nonetheless solutions are always within our grasp the trick lies in selecting the correct one with the appropriate balance and compromise.

Sandra Harney is Finnish.

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Home News

Saturday, October 22 2011

Of Pressing Concern With the recent discovery of phone hacking at the News of the World, how best can Europe deal with such egregious action, while balancing the rights of individuals with the rights of the press.? Ciaran Hyland Home Affairs Correspondent HOW CAN EUROPE deal with the press invading people’s personal lives? Should the press have the right to expose anything about anyone? Should they be able to obtain information using whatever method they wish? It is a very contentious issue and will definitely spark a fiery debate in GA. When discussing this topic, it is important to think outside of the box. Consider the role of the press in society. Are newspapers purely a source of entertainment for us Europeans, a light read over a Sunday morning full Irish, or are they a fundamental source of information? Are the press obliged to inform the public of the secrecies of anything of interest? Are they as “purveyors of the truth”? Most newspapers attempt to marry this ideal with the entertainment factor so as to


maximise their readership. Nobody can really conjure up a solid definition of the press’ role - just consider the issue and broaden your scope on their part in modern day society. Of course it is how the newspapers obtain their information that rattles everyone’s cages. Should the press, as our “purveyors of the truth”, have the right to uncover what they want, how they want? After all, everyone has a right to privacy. Again, think outside the box. Imagine a controversial letter written by a soap star. In scenario one, the celebrity leaves the letter on a park bench, then it falls into the hands of a newspaper journalist and the details are printed. Is this wrong? Surely it’s the fault of the star for forgetting

about the letter. Surely the newspaper can print this? In scenario 2, the letter is held in a cabinet, and the journalist breaks in and steals it? What is the difference? In both instances the truth will be exposed through the papers. Of course the journalist has committed a crime in number 2, but does that mean the info shouldn’t be printed? Should the papers not practice their right “ as purveyors of the truth” in spite of this. It is easy to neglect this question by succumbing to political correctness. However, to continue the mantra, open your mind and broaden your scope on the press and its role in society and modern Europe. Do this, and I think an interesting debate is beckoning.

Ciarran Hyland has made fleeting apperances waving his arms and making faces behind RTE’s Charlie Bird.

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World Review

Saturday, October 22 2011

Brothers in Arms? Considering the recent uprising in Libya: what policy should Europe adopt in order to ensure a peaceful transition of power, while respecting the integrity of a sovereign nation? Conall O’Rourke Lead Singer with Snow Patrol

THE WORDS “abysmal response” have been thrown around a lot these days in relation to the current response of Europe to the Libyan conflict. Libya, being a mainly Islamic country, is best known for its arid desert, plentiful oil reserves and refusal to add milk to their tea. Recently however due to mass corruption and widespread poverty revolution has become the defining feature of this North African nation. At the height of Colonel Gaddafi’s rule an estimated 20.74% of Libyan citizens were unemployed, and about one-third lived below the national poverty line. 43% of families had only one fixed income, 16% had no stable source of income at all. Gaddafi’s Libya suffered from chronic labour short ages despite high unemployment rates and over a million migrant workers in the country.These immigrants are primarily black


Africans, caught in the backlash of a civil war in which power and control is being returned to the people. Many of these migrants have been imprisoned, accused of being Gaddafi loyalists, suffering violent abuse and intimidation tactics. Furthermore, this power struggle is tearing regions of Libya apart. Many have criticised the transition council’s lack of communication with the very people they represent. For example, the people of the city of Misurata believe they are entitled to large rewards for the part they played in the liberation fight. They oppose the instatement of politicians who they claim sat comfortably abroad avoiding the tragedy of the war. They instead propose that towns that suffered large casualties should be given a larger voice than those that did not. With many other towns holding conflicting views on the new government and

refusing to give up arms until their their demands are met the transition of power looks set to be as hot as the “Sexy Virgin Killing Machines”, Gaddafi’s all female team of bodyguards. So where does Europe stand? We have been criticised for our failure to aid refugees in escaping the country as over 1500 have already perished on the harsh journey across the sea to Europe. What more can we do to help ensure a peaceful transition of power in Libya, encouraging unity and preventing further bloodshed in this torn country?

Conall O’ Rourke has a northern accent and eats his food very quickly.

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Saturday, October 22 2011

Workin’ nine to five? The young Europeans? Despite greater opportunities of studies or mobility, the current European youth is also particularly unstable and pessimistic. Education, employment, health, culture: what policies can be implemented so that young people find their place in society? Oisin O Callaghan Social Affairs Correspondent EUROPE 2011: A continent on the constant brink of crisis (Europe doesn’t equal to EU) The European Union teeters precariously on the brink of disaster as the world struggles to find a solution to the catastrophic debt


behaviour. Have we become the anarchist generation? Many, including myself would beg to differ; the European Youth has never been more educated, aware or active.

The very existence of an organisation such as this is proof Today more then ever, the world that people are taking notice of the relies on its single most powerful world around us and are willing asset, youth. As is well known in to work towards a more promising both popular and political culture, future. With 20 million students children are the future. Are the currently in third level education 96 million young people in Europe across Europe, the numbers of today unstable, pessimistic and highly educated young people is apathetic of the future? If so, why? constantly rising. What has happened to create such angst and disillusionment? Has The world society failed us? If young people do feel disregarded it may pose relies on quite serious long term problems its single as we, the young people of Europe represent approximately one most fifth of the European population. powerful Perhaps young people are unstable and violent. This year provided asset, us with gross examples of this i.e. blatant criminal riots in the U.K as youth. well as disruptive political riots, such as in Greece. The seriousness of crime is increasing gener- But is Europe doing enough? What ally, as are rates of anti social policies can be implemented to


further encourage young people’s participation in European affairs? Should social inclusion be a priority? Do education systems need to be radically overhauled? Are young people today unaware

of global events? Is their a sense of pessimism in today’s society? What must be done to create the future we want for ourselves? These questions will be dissected and analysed by this committee to find a resolution. This is a motion put forward by, developed by, presented by and effecting young people. The question of youth is a vital one. But what’s the solution? We are the future, what are we going to do about it? Cue epic debate.

Oisin O Callaghan is unemployed

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Saturday, October 22 2011

GM: Going Mad? With current food production methods not meeting the demands of an ever growing global population: Should Europe reconsider its position on GM crops? Mikey Finn Environmental Policy Analyst POPULATION IS GROWING. Land once used for agriculture is being covered in buildings with the development of industry as well as urban sprawl. How can Europe fight for both primary and secondary activities? Importing does not represent a viable solution because of the ever constant crisis of starvation. Science must have an answer. Genetic Modification has been proposed my many as an appropriate course of action. Directives from the EU are strict, allowing only one kind of genetically modified maize to be grown in member states and no form of GM soybean. However, a recent report by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, says that the EU farming community has benefited from genetically engineered crops through higher yields and cost savings. This would suggest that GM Crops should be developed within the union to reduce our dependency on imported foods and also accommodate the global food shortage. The EU supports the growth of GM crops generally but has decided to give each Member State the chance to make their own judgment on whether these crops


should be grown. However, some scientists and groups still argue that GM foods are unsafe and should be wholly prohibited not only across the EU, but also globally. Jeffery Smith says: ‘’Animal studies showed eating GMO food resulted in pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller

there are ways in which we can improve the situation. The challenge facing ENVI is to find them brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy, or increased density of the liver, odd shaped cell nuclei and other unexplained anomalies, false pregnancies and higher death rates’’. In this article he also claims that food related diseases in the United States has nearly doubled over the previous seven years. This, he claims, coincides with the development of

GM crops in the US. Soy allergies jumped 50% in the UK just after GM soy was introduced. It seems there may be dangers associated with Genetic Engineering but we must realise the food shortages we potentially face. In 2010, there was approximately 950 million people who were malnourished, meaning that 14% of the world population or 1 in 7 people were suffering. Considering that the world produces 17% more calories per person than it did 30 years ago despite a 70% population increase this problem seems preventable. On average, there is enough food in the world for each person to have 2,720 calories a day. The answer isn’t as simple as distribution of these calories, but there are ways in which we can improve the situation. The challenge facing ENVI is to find them.

Mikey Finn is a farmer.

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Saturday, October 22 2011

The energy for change? With Europe’s energy sources under threat, how can the EU make an effective response to the problemwithout hindering economicc growth? Anna Nichols Science Editor EUROPE’S energy sources are in trouble. Demand is rising and resources are dwindling; the world’s population has more than quadrupled in the last 100 years, and world energy consumption rates are have increased by 45% in the last 20. But while most of the increase in consumption comes from developing countries outside of the EU, what does this mean for us? A greater demand for fuels around the world means an increase in supply, with an average of 86 million barrels of oil a day being used worldwide in 2010. Higher demand also leads to higher prices and lack of availability of some fuels, especially with finite sources such as oil. (Experts have estimated that all oil sources could be completely depleted within 50 years and coal sources in just 25.) In 2007, the European Commission proposed a policy to deal with a number of energy problems. Firstly, they intended to boost the EU’s security and competitiveness on the global energy markets, and, secondly, they wanted to encourage EU countries to turn away from heavily depleted resources such as coal, oil and gas and instead look into


more sustainable energy sources like biofuels. Goals to reduce greenhouse gas levels by 20% raise the use of renewable energy sources by 20% and biofuels in transport 10% by 2020 were all included. The policiy benefits the people in many different ways. It combats climate change by decreasing reliance on fossil fuels and increases use of renewable energy sources. Furthermore, the Commission proposes to reduce

A huge amount of the energy consumed every day is entirely wasteful our dependency on countries outside the EU for energy. This promotion of efficiency will further lower energy prices. However, the switch from infinite and depleted sources to so-called infinite, renewable ones is not as simple as it appears concerns have arisen over the

diversion of land to grow plants to be converted into biofuels instead of growing essential agricultural crops. Questions have also been raised over the effciency of the technology needed to provide the energy needed - it has been reported that to power the city of London a solar panel the size of Europe would be required. The answer to this increasing demand does not just lie in the search for and conversion to other energy sources, but also in the more effcient and careful use of the sources we have at present. A huge amount of the energy consumed every day is entirely wasteful - one meaningless Google search uses the same amount of energy as driving a medium sized car 3 inches. The solution is there to the problem at hand, but to make things happen we will all have to rethink the way we use our energy in the future.

Anna Nichols often shows signs that see seems to know what she’s talking about.

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Saturday, October 22 2011

The European Neighbourhood

Change A Comin’? Given the political unrest surrounding recent elections in Belarus: What strategy should Europe adopt to deal with the continent’s last dictatorship? Aslak Busch Constitutional Affairs Correspondent FOLLOWING the downfall of the Soviet Union in 1990, new countries, democracies and dictatorships were formed in Europe. Through the last twenty years, most post-Soviet states have made formidable efforts towards liberal economic policies and establishing functioning democracies. One country situated between Russia and the EU, remains less willing to embrace this trend, Belarus. Although they claim to have held free elections, it has become obvious that dictatorship is still in place. Furthermore, UN observers and NGOs have reported poor conditions for the population in this last bastion of totalitarianism in Europe. All over Europe, political systems tend more towards democracy and away from dictatorship. Sadly, Belarus does not follow this trend, and conditions for dissidents have grown worse at an increasing rate. It’s vital to make sure Belarus’ faith in Russia is stable while establishing a new connection to Western Europe. Although it is a part of the EU’s Eastern Partnership policy, Belarus has lacked political engagement the EU compared to countries such as the Caucasus states and Ukraine. There have been countless ama-


teur videos of demonstrations and even riots against the government protesting this, showing that these policies are without a doubt the will of the government, and not the people. Even though defeating dictatorship worldwide is the ultimate goal, the EU must focus on what’s happening in its own backyard. Belarus truly falls into this category, especially as it is one of the few dictatorships in the world where there’s no sign of an

Economic Sanctions often serve only to make life more difficult for the general population improving situation. It’s therefore of great importance that this problem is taken seriously, and even more importantly, that any solution will not cause harm the general population of the country. This means that the situation is a very delicate one,

and that one has to be very careful not to break any international rules while resolving a difficult issue. Economic sanctions are already in place against Belarus, but they do not seem to be having the desired effect. Furthermore, economic sanctions often serve only to make life more difficult for the general population. Belarus does not want to strengthen their diplomatic relations with the EU, despite their reliance on them for trading. This lack of dialogue makes change extremely difficult to initiate. How can the EU make Belarus open their borders and their mouths to the European society without letting the population suffer?

Aslak Busch is a foreigner

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Saturday, October 22 2011

World Review

United we stand? A summer of violence. With the Oslo massacre, and seemingly all member states at risk, how best should Europe protect against internal terrorist threats? Patrick “The Padge” Lavelle Security Policy Analyst UNTIL recently the politicians and people of Europe had begun to relax in their fear of the threat posed by internal terrorists. Terrorist atrocities in Madrid and London seemed a distant memory and people thought that actions taken by the EU and individual governments would help prevent a repeat of these atrocities. However with the recent Oslo massacres have caused a re-emergence of these fears. Investigators across Europe suspect that Anders Behring Breivik was part of a broader pan-European network. In court Breivik claimed he was one of up to 80 “solo martyr cells” across Western Europe, which aim to topple governments tolerant of Islam. He claimed he had been recruited by two English extremists, who were part of the highly controversial English Defence League, in 2002. Politicians and people across Europe alike have called for a more integrated EU policy in relation to internal terrorism. Whilst Breivik’s actions were exceptional, his views were not. His views are typical of right-wing “Islamophobia” in Europe. These people see Muslim immigration into Europe, coupled with liberal multiculturalism and political correctness as a threat to


European and Western Society. These people see the West as counter-posed to Islam, a fact which is entirely untrue. Islam has actually had a huge impact on European society over the centuries. A Europol report found that only 3 out of 249 terrorist attacks in Europe in 2010 were carried out by Islamic groups. However, Europol still indicated in its 2011 EU Terrorism and Situation Report that Islamic terrorists groups are

Only 3 out of 249 terrorist attacks in Europe were carried out by Islamic Groups still a large threat to Europe. The EU has adopted a number of major strategies in their response to terrorism. These strategies aimed to identify the terrorist threat to Europe and to address it on four main pillars: prevent, protect, pursue and respond.

These strategies were based around the threat posed by Islamic terrorism, which has a more global aspect than European. The Lisbon Treaty Solidarity Clause obliges the EU and member states to assist other member states in the event of a terrorist attack or a natural disaster. This provides a platform upon which the EU can create a new strategy. The Stockholm Programme 2010-2014 (a roadmap for EU work in the areas of justice, freedom and security) called for the development of a comprehensive EU internal security strategy. A survey after the Oslo Massacre found that four in five people want a more action at an EU level against organised crime and terrorism and internal security remains a national issue. Many feel uncomfortable with greater EU centralisation of internal security policy. The question on people’s mind is what direction should the EU take to deal with internal terrorist problems? Is greater integration needed to deal with the problem?

Patrick Lavelle has a funny nickname. He goes to “The Rock” College in Dublin. Nobody’s perfect

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Saturday, October 22 2011

On the Road to renewable Energy?

how should a comprehensive and coherent transport policy of the EU look in reaction to fears regarding both short and long-term impacts of Carbon Dioxide Dominic Gallagher Transport Economist TRANSPORT affects us every day. Whether it be travelling to your Granny’s house going to school, or attending an EYP session, we all must get there by some means of transport, e.g. car, bus or train. Transport is also in everything we eat, drink and buy in the shops. Most things we buy are “Made in China,” and how do these products get here? They are transported across the planet on planes, trains and road vehicles. Transport is a daily necessity for the modern society in which we live, our economy and our way of life. This is why we have to address the issue of transport and the environment, which affects every one of us.

How can the EU provide a comprehensive and coherent transport policy that addresses the current issues facing us? These problems include road congestion, air pollution, health problems and environmental damage. Transportation activity is increasing, and ways to reverse the resultant CO2 emissions causing these problems include: reducing the distance travelled by individual vehicles, encouraging use of more fuel efficient methods of transport, e.g., a move from cars or light truck to bus, rail, or metro. These solutions have the additional benefits of decreasing congestion


on the roads, while satisfying the increasing demand for transportation. However if the EU is to implement this policy, based on a current Japanese model, we must make the EU public transport system more efficient, reliable and cost effective. How should the EU deal with increasing CO2 emissions and deal with the associated long term, as well as short term, problems? In order to properly understand the situation one must understand

Transport is responsible for over a quarter of CO2 Emissions

see widespread increases in heavy precipitation, increasing temperatures, increased flooding, increased precipitation, melting of the ice-caps, loss of land due to rising sea levels, and the expansion of the hole in ozone layer which allows harmful UV rays into our atmosphere. Although it would be nice if our average temperature in Ireland was a bit higher, rising CO2 emissions is an issue we have to address as the negative effects definitely outweigh the positive. Transport is responsible for over a quarter of CO2 emissions; we must get to grips with this problem, and implement a policy which can address all of these important issues.

Dominic Gallagher plays the Uillean Pipes

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Saturday, October 22 2011

Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam?

Can we really claim to be Irish, if we cant even speak the language?

Dominic Gallagher Irish Language enthusiast RECENTLY I found myself defending my Irish language, culture and heritage while attending the 68th International EYP Session in Zagreb. 33 different European countries were represented at the session, and all the delegates spoke their own languages, promoted their own cultures and explained with pride the places they came from. As an Irish delegate, along with my fellow delegates, we were confronted with a stereotype which revolved around the idea that all the Irish did was drink, chase pots of gold and dress up as leprechauns while begging Germany for money on a daily basis. Some of this stereotype may be true, but we were insulted at the lack of general knowledge about Ireland; that they didn’t know Ireland has its own language, its own culture and, as opposed to the belief of one English delegate, the Internet and the Euro (not the Irish Pound!) When Europeans began to call us native English speakers, we found


ourselves availing of our limited knowledge of Irish (an bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithris?) in order to communicate amognst outselves, trying to persuade them that Ireland was an independent Identity with its own history and language. We felt at a disadvantage lacking the ability to communicate effectively in our own language, and hurt by the ignorance of our fellow Europeans of our history.

All the Irish did was drink, chase pots of gold and dress up as leprechauns

We denied the fact that we are a country of native english speakers, but the Europeans were right to a certain extent. We are native

English speakers, in denial. In Ireland we are raised to think that the Irish Culture is strong and unique through our music, dance. Yet is it as healthy as we are led to believe? These cultural events are all celebrated through English, we all speak in English, and we all think in English. This raises the question “Is a country without a language, a country without a soul?” My trip to Zagreb has made me ponder on this question. It has encouraged me to believe that maybe we should relook at Bunreacht na hÉireann, and respect that Irish is our 1st official language, respect that we should learn Irish, love Irish and live Irish and accept that if we are to call ourselves truly Irish. We should be speaking Irish as our Mother tongue and I should be writing this very article in Irish.

Dominic Gallagher is Scottish

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Travel Review

Saturday, October 22 2011

EYPing across the Galaxies Oisin O Callaghan reviews his new book

Oisin O Callaghan Travel Editor the otherwise dull drudgery of infinite space. That star is called ‘Paulus’, it is a loose consolidation of gases, the main element being the slightly intoxicating mineral’ Lavinite’. The ‘Paulus’ star fuels all Europica and has led to the development of many life forms within the Europica system. These include; WELCOME to the inter-planetary organisation that is the magnificence of EYP. The Extra-Terrestrial Youth Parliament. EYP operates in over 35 different nebulas contained in the single galaxy of Europica. EYP was founded trillions of light years ago so species could interact and communicate across the cosmos. Of course Europica, being such a massive and proud consolidation of planets faces many important issues, such as; what happens when you flush the toilet in space? Does is just float or what like? But some of the more major issues that face the Young People of the Extra-terrestrial Parliament are inter species relations, as well as inter galactic transport. Europica is a solar system that resolves around a star, similar to our own Sun. As in, it is the source of all energy and light in


Chairs: Chairs were the earliest forms of life to develop in the brilliance of Paulus’ light. They were once a young and vibrant race who laid the very first space foundations for this galactic organisation. Amazingly, despite the passing of space time they have maintained their youth and vibrance. Foul play is suspected. They have adaptations that have equipped them expertly to survive in the sometimes harsh environment of Europica. For example, Chairs know EVERYTHING, ask them any question and they can answer it. This may be as they are thought to be direct descendents of Dr. Who himself. Orgas: Orgas followed in the footsteps of the Chairs in terms of Evolution. They only appeared on the surface of the planet Corktopia around 4 to 5 zillion years ago after a mammoth migration from Galifresia. Orgas also have im-

mense knowledge. But their most incredible ability is the fact that Orgas do not sleep. In fact they they don’t eat either, they, like the Jurnos, are the slaves of the Delegates and Chairs. They work relentlessly to facilitate your experience. Worship them. Jurnos: Jurnos are the babies of Europica. They are not adapted for survival in anyway. They have not yet developed the library of mental knowledge or the nocturnal abilities. However they are inherently fantastic and incredibly attractive. Delegates: Delegates are the final inhabitants, and future rulers of Europica. They are the most important part of the Extra-Terrestrial council. They are renowned for their abilities to eat all around them and shift like there is no tomorrow. However, all these species may not survive their trips back to their home planets after disastrous tests of space transport which resulted in the death of many eggs..

Oisin O Callaghan is a representative of a prominent travel Insurance Company

Irish President

Mc Dalekuiness

, so who is he? He is in fact a cyborg from the planet Skaro and is the by-product of a 1000 year war. Known to sport a tank-like mechanical shell at all cross-dimension social and warfare events, he is armed and is very dangerous. If you piss him off, he will vaporise you. Of course this might be considered a minor negative, if you elect him as President Of The Universe then evidently he has the capabilities to protect and defend. He will resist those nasty aliens who are determined to destroy the unification of the 32 dimensions. Dalekuiness is known to have communication issues with the only word in his lexicon being “exterminate�. As I said earlier, this could be a good thing. Dalekuiness, love him or loath him, is a powerful leader with an iron will. Seriously consider giving him your number one this Sunday.

ial Election 2011 Norrood,

short and sweet, is a grafter. Once a slave for the human race, he has campaigned for Ood rights across the universe. Ostensibly, he is a jolly and upbeat alien. However with deeper analysis, his astounding erudition is revealed! He is well versed on the constitution of the 32 dimensions and can entertain a scholarly debate with ease and just the right amount of pretentiousness. However, this comes at a price. Norrood has a tendency to milk the universe and its benefits system. Rumour has it that he is still receiving a hefty cheque in aid of his recovery from a “mysterious illness” contracted on a “mysterious planet”. However, in spite of this, Norrood is a great alien. He is intelligent, very hardworking and surprisingly entertaining. Why not vote Norrood this Sunday?

By Ciaran Hyland and Sandra Harney

Lord Higgins

According to a popular card game, is a key member of the Time Lord Society, also known as “the new-age labour party for wizards”. He is adored by different species across the universe for his slightly odd accent and adorable face. He is the self proclaimed “master of time” and has prevented the demise of the universe on numerous occasions. Also, if you want the universe to be portrayed as well educated and intelligent to the other galaxies, then Lord Higgins is the figurehead for you. Its not just the pretty face. He speaks as if he always has something important to say, like a poet! However, Lord Higgins is very small. The debate is still continuing on whether he meets the minimum height requirement for candidate status. Despite this however, he is still a very popular candidate. If you like the look and sound of the “master of time”, then vote Lord Higgins!

Weeping Dana

is as old as According to the doctor himself, the universe and nobody really knows where she came from. With the unique ability to send people to sleep by opening her mouth , she claims to be the “protector” of the universes constitution. She earns the title due to the her over-dramatic bouts of inconsolable weeping on universal hologram debates. However, she can indeed sing a good tune and prides herself in holding an interest in all kinds of everything. So I guess it just boils down to what you expect from your President Of The Universe. Is The Weeping Dana the one for you?

©Sandra Harney

EYP Munster Regional Session 2011

The Ticket

Saturday, October 22 2011

Making the most of your Saturday evening Agony aunt Anna Nichols imparts her expert advice Anna Nichols Mammy

Looking for some fun on the side this weekend, or a partner for life? Yes? Then you need to read this article. EYP’s resident “loveexpert” has some advice for you to help you become the Rose to your Doctor. Aside from forming resolutions, discussing important issues in today’s society with other delegates, and defending your ideas at GA, there is another essential component of EYP- the Saturday Night Disco. This part of the session is often the part that the majority delegates secretly enjoy the most, usually for one main reason: romantic interaction with the opposite sex. If you are one of those delegates who is planning on engaging in the aforementioned activities this evening, here are a few pointers: Boys, suit up- the ladies love a man dressed for business. If that fails, wear an eye-catching costume- hopefully she has a sense of humour and will take pity on you. Girls, don’t overdo go easy on the lipgloss- nobody likes anything


with the consistency of glue and sand with a touch of rotten strawberries. Same goes for foundationyou only need enough for you, not him as well. If you can’t dance, don’t lurk in the corner-jump around instead and join in with the greatest enthusiasm whenever any song that requires bad dancing is played. Just don’t take out your potential other half by accident. Be subtle- just because you’re nights going well doesn’t mean everybody else in the room wants to watch too. Finally, if all else fails and you’re still alone in the final, desperate half an hour, these chat up lines (Doctor Who themed in keeping with the session) never fail: How about you let me fill my time with your space? You know, my sonic screwdriver doesn’t just open doors Would you like to see my fixed point in time and space? Look at me like that again and I might just regenerate. The Silence could never make me forget your eyes

I’m the last of my kind, care for some species preservation? You must be a Time Lord, because you’re one of a kind It’s like you’re a Weeping Angel- every time I look at you, I never want to blink

Anna Nichols is a graduate of the University of Life

EYP Munster Regional Session 2011

The Last Word

Saturday, October 22 2011

A Summation of the President’s infinite Knowledge We Take a Detailed look The Eds General Spoofers

The Eds are Associate Gobshites at the Department of Goshitery in Trinity IT


“There is no indignity in being afraid to die, there is however a terrible shame in being afraid to live.”

© Banter Brigade Productions

Poll: Who would you vote for: Vote 1,2,3,4, in order of your Preference Martin Dalekuiness Norrood Lord Higgins Weeping Dana Cast your Ballot in the Election Box at the Hostel, or find a journo.

EYP Munster Regional Session Issue One  
EYP Munster Regional Session Issue One  

The paper of the European Youth Parliament's Regional Session in Cork, 2011. Presided by Paul Lavin, Head Organised by Lucy Bradfield.