EU Soapbox Competition

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EU Soapbox CompetitionHave your say at the Europe Direct Soapbox Competition and be in with a chance to win an iPad!

The annual Europe Direct Soapbox debate takes place on Tuesday 17 October at 10:00am in the Large Room, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford.

The topic is: “Brexit: Ireland’s Opportunity”. Each contestant has three minutes to present their arguments, convince the judges and persuade the audience for or against the topic. There are two separate categories in the competition; 18 & under and 19 & over.

The winners from each category will receive an iPad and go on to the National final in the Royal Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin in November with a chance to win €1000 and a trip to Brussels.

Application form and rules are available here.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 11 October 2017.
Entries can be emailed to: or posted to: Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre, Waterford City and County Council Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford.

For more information contact the Europe Direct Centre at Central Library on: 0761 102975.

Prizes are sponsored by the European Commission Representation in Ireland and local Members of the European Parliament.

The term soapbox originates in the use of an empty crate as a platform by speakers to give speeches, often impromptu, to passers-by from around the turn of the last century. The most famous location for soapbox oratory is Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London, which has been a setting for public speaking since the 1870s.

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