Local young people engage in democracy at Mill event

Eamon Clarke, Edmund Rice College; Anna McKibbin, Antrim Grammar; Adam Moore, Ballyclare High School; Ben Gray, Belfast High School;  Councillor Thomas Hogg; Michal Novota, International Guest Speaker and Gemma Ferris, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. INNT 43-818CON
Eamon Clarke, Edmund Rice College; Anna McKibbin, Antrim Grammar; Adam Moore, Ballyclare High School; Ben Gray, Belfast High School; Councillor Thomas Hogg; Michal Novota, International Guest Speaker and Gemma Ferris, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. INNT 43-818CON

Around 60 young people marked European Local Democracy Week at a special event which was held last week at Mossley Mill.

The pupils who were representing five schools from across the Borough took part in the Youth Engagement in Democracy event.

Schools represented on the day included Ballyclare High, Edmund Rice College and Belfast High.

The young people spent the day with the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, and other members of the Council.

Councillor Hogg believes that the event was beneficial.

“This interactive event has been a fantastic way for students to engage with our council members and get a flavour for the work we do. It has also been a great opportunity for councillors to find out about the pressing issues that concern the young people living in our borough. Let’s hope that today may have helped encourage some of them to become involved in our local government,” he said.

The guest speaker for the event was Michal Novota, who was formerly the youngest councillor in Bratislava City Council in Slovakia.