Press Release: Blue Star Programme Registration Deadline extended!

Calling All National Schools! The Blue Star Programme 2014/2015 registration deadline has been extended!

31 October, 2014: National schools across the country are being urged to sign up by next Friday, 7 November for the Blue Star Programme.  Blue Star is an exciting education initiative for primary school students across Ireland.  The Programme aims to introduce pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community to the EU, what it means and how it works.   It has already been rolled out successfully in over 200 schools since 2011, and the intention is to increase this over the coming three years.

Speaking today in Dublin, Joe Bishop of European Movement Ireland, who manages the programme said, “We want to encourage schools to sign up by next week’s deadline, so that we can start to send all the information out as soon as possible.  We have lots of free resources, advice and support available, including a great curriculum guide developed by teachers themselves.”

“We’re delighted that previous participating schools have been so positive about the Blue Star Programme.  One of the pieces of advice though is to get up and running as soon as possible” added Mr Bishop, “And there will also be a free training programme in January for any teachers who would like to attend.  I’d also like to emphasise that all schools are eligible no matter how big or how small.”

To register interest or to get more information, all national schools are encouraged to contact or ‘phone (01) 662 5815.


Available for comment

EM Ireland’s Blue Star Programme Manager, Joe Bishop is available for interview and comment.  Contact Frances Byrne at EM Ireland, on 01 662 5815, 086 814 3297 or email

About the Blue Star Programme

The Blue Star Programme is a joint venture of the Communicating Europe Initiative, supported by the Office of the Minister of State for European Affairs in the Department of the Taoiseach, the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland.  The national co-ordinating body for the programme for the next three years is European Movement Ireland.

About European Movement Ireland

Founded in 1954 and marking its 60th anniversary this year, European Movement Ireland is an independent not-for-profit, membership organisation working to make the connection between Irish people and the European Union.  Through education programmes and advocacy work, European Movement campaigns for every Irish person to get involved with the European Union and, by doing so, help shape it through reasoned, robust and informed debate.   For more information, visit


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