Global Youth Initiative – Become a diplomat in your own classroom


In September, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan launched an unprecedented new programme aimed at Transition Year students – a competition that would give thirty lucky winners the chance to spend a week at the Department’s HQ in Dublin, learning what life as a diplomat is really like.

Over the course of the week, the winners will get a practical sense of why Ireland’s foreign policy matters to citizens young and old alike, as they take part in mock trade negotiations and consular exercises, talk to Ambassadors about what it’s like to represent Ireland abroad, and have the chance to express their views on some of the most important questions that we face as a country on the global stage.

We have asked TY students across the country to put together short essays or videos that talk about Ireland’s values – what they mean to them, and what they mean to Ireland’s foreign policy. Schools have already started to send us in their entries and we’re looking forward to hearing from more of you.

As Minister Flanagan has said, “The young people who engage in this programme live in a world that has been shaped by current foreign policy decisions. It is in all our interest that Ireland’s voice and our values are reflected in global dialogue and I look forward to hearing the ideas, views and hopes of young Irish people, who will be our next generation of leaders.”

Make sure that your school is taking part! For further details on how to get involved, check out the Iveagh Scholars homepage on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website ( And don’t forget, the deadline for applications is 30 November.