Students to attend empowerment conference in Limerick

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Students to attend empowerment conference in Limerick

Former Tanaiste Mary Harney will deliver the opening address of the Empowerment Conference, May 1, at the University Concert Hall, Limerick

FOUR hundred students from ten Limerick schools are set to attend an empowerment conference taking place this May, which will cover topics like alcohol control, consent and suicide.

University of Limerick chancellor and former Tanaiste Mary Harney will deliver the opening address of the Empowerment Conference, May 1, at the University Concert Hall, Limerick. 

Mairea McGuinness MEP and vice president of the European Parliament is set to address the conference along with former RTÉ journalist and author of Madame Politician, Martina Fitzgerald. 

Professor James Gleeson of the UL Maths Department , entrepreneur Daniella Ryan and New York author Dore Normille will also feature. 

A lecture will also be given by consultant endocri- nologist and UL senior lecturer Dr Mary Ryan, the organiser of the conference.  

There will also be  a panel of academic and business leaders who will discuss major issues that affect health, social outcomes and gender equality. 

Panelists include Sean O’Riordan from Simon Community, Margaret O Connor MD of Quigley Bakeries and winner of the National Entrepreneur of the Year, motivational speaker Sean Dwan, HSE national lead of communications Winifred Ryan, and many more.

The highlight of the conference will be five minute presentations by eight transition year students from eight schools across the MidWest. Adjudicators of these presentations include Professor Ita Richardson, Dr Marie Connolly, Conor Gilligan, Jim Normille and Professor Deirdre Mc Grath.

The Mid-West Empowerment and Equality Conference 2019 will take place at the University Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 1.

Tickets for this conference are on sale in the box office in UCH at €28 plus booking fee. This includes refreshments and a light lunch. 

More information can be found at uch.ie