On 1st March 20 students and 3 staff from Portlaoise College visited Brussels to investigate the work of the European Parliament and their local MEP and vice-president of the Parliament Mairead McGuinness.

Prior to meeting Mairead students enjoyed a guided tour of Brussells taking in the famous sites of the Grand Place, the Manneken Pis and St Michael and St Gudule Church. After a tiring sightseeing tour the students settled down to an authentic Belgium meal where we enjoyed Belgium’s wood famous waffles.

The next day we visited the Atomium and enjoyed a panoramic view of Brussels. After this we made our way to the European Parliament when we were given a tour of the chamber and a talk on the formation and functions of the parliament. After this we meet Mairead McGuinness who told us all the her daily duties as an MEP and some of the policies she is working on like agriculture and rural development, environment and food safety and children’s issues.