Citizens'DialogueRevitalisingRuralIreland resizedDunhill Ecopark, Ballyphilip, Waterford. Monday 13 May 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Citizens’ Dialogue: Revitalising Rural Ireland – Empowering Communities through Social Enterprise

The Europe Direct, Waterford Information Centre in partnership with The European Commission Representation in Ireland and Dunhill, Fenor, Boatstrand & Annestown (DFBA) Community Enterprises CLG is delighted to bring this timely Citizen’s Dialogue to rural Waterford.

This public meeting will bring together key players and experts at EU and national level to explore the potential of Social Enterprise in revitalising rural Ireland. The dialogue will give our region’s Social Enterprise stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the support opportunities available at EU level and also promote the added benefits that this partnership has the potential to bring.

There is growing momentum and interest in social enterprise at all levels – this is your opportunity to provide feedback to the EU Commission about the Future of Europe with a particular emphasis on revitalising rural communities. More importantly, the format will allow you to share your ideas, concerns and expectations on these topics, facilitating real engagement and debate. With European Parliament elections in May 2019, it is more important now than ever to have your voice heard.

Expert Panel:

  • Gerry Kiely – Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland
  • Patrick Klein – European Commission – DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) – “Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy”
  • Brendan Whelan – Chief Executive Officer of Social Finance Foundation
  • Janet O’Toole – Community Development Manager, Connemara West Plc
  • Chair: Damien Tiernan – Journalist, Author and Broadcaster with WLR FM

Social Enterprise Information Stands and Finger Food from 6:00pm

All Welcome! Please book your Free ticket via Eventbrite or email:

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Dunhill Ecopark, Ballyphilip, Co. Waterford

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