Máirín McGrath, a 2nd Year student of Politics & Law at Dublin City University will join a class of 30 student participants representing Northern Ireland and Ireland as part of the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP) this year. Each year, WIP selects 30 talented students to join its network of leaders and influencers by completing a 12-month program of service and leadership development, which includes a summer in Washington DC & New York City. WIP inspires and develops promising leaders through an exceptional program committed to building a future of peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland and Ireland. For over two decades WIP has brought together young leaders from a wide range of communities and backgrounds for an outstanding leadership and skills-development program.The 20 year old Newcastle girl is a former student of the Presentation Secondary School in Clonmel. Coming from a political family, Mairin has been involved in several community organisations, charities and campaigns. She has been a part-time member of staff for Deputy Michael Collins TD for Cork South West for the past year.The Washington Ireland Program has cause to celebrate in 2018 with notable alums serving as Taoiseach (Leo Varadkar, WIP Class of 2000), Lord Mayor of Belfast (Nuala McAllister, WIP Class of 2010), and in Westminster (Emma Little-Pengelly, WIP Class of 2002). Selection for WIP 2018 was highly competitive with three hundred students from across the island of Ireland competing for the opportunity to be on the class, and ultimately to become part of an active WIP alum network seeking to make a difference in their communities.
Máirín says:“I am humbled and excited to have been selected as a 2018 Class member of this prestigious program. WIP was originally founded to promote positive cross-border relationships between young people from different backgrounds across Ireland, but their work is as important as ever with the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and our unique Irish border. Each student has a deeply held commitment to look past differences and to resolve the pressing issues that will define the island of Ireland in the 21st century”Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently launched WIP's New York Program by speaking about his experience on WIP at the Irish Consulate in New York City: “It helped me develop my view of the wider world…and without it perhaps I wouldn't be standing here today.”If you would like to follow the progress of Máirín and others this summer you can follow their blogs and view photos at www.wiprogram.org.