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EU Direct Information Centre Opens In Thurles

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Europe Direct, a new information service at Thurles Library, was officially launched on Wednesday May 6th last by Cllr. Tom Harrington, Chairman of County Tipperary’s Joint Libraries Committee.

Thurles Library situated at The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co.Tipperary is presently one of only eight such Europe Direct Centres in Ireland and includes within its catchment area the counties:-  Tipperary, Limerick, Laois and Offaly.

The new centres manager in Thurles is Ann Marie Brophy and upcoming events will include public sessions on ‘How to Use your Vote’ for the European Elections and also on what you may need to know when travelling within Europe. The public are invited to view www.europedirect.ie and www.tipperarylibraries.ie for sequential updates on all planned future information events.

Europe Direct is an information service that links YOU, the citizen, to the European Union. They are there to provide information on all aspects of EU activities, how they can affect you, how you can benefit from them and how you can have your say on the issues of the day. The information centres will also provide free phone access to a live question and answer service, free computer access to email questions and will allow the browsing of  EU online services. Expertly trained staff are ready to discuss your questions about Europe and what it does. Should you prefer, you may pick up the telephone and ring the Europe-wide toll-free number : 00800 6 7 8 9 10 11

The job of this centre will be:-

*To help you to obtain at a local level, information, advice, assistance and answers to questions about the EU, its institutions, activities and funding opportunities.
* To actively promote local and regional debate about Europe, by organising events and debates.
* To improve the distribution of information about the EU in a way which is adapted to local and regional needs.
* To give you the chance to send feedback to the EU institutions in the form of questions, views and suggestions.

What services that are provided:-

* Free phone access to the EUROPE DIRECT Contact Centre.
* Free access to European Union related websites.
* Information leaflets on European Union topics.
* Materials targeted specifically at schools, from a brief introduction to the EU for primary school pupils to the more academic-based material  available for second level students.
* Europe by Satellite – watch debates streamed live on our PC.
* School classes and other groups are welcome to visit.

How  EUROPE DIRECT may help you?

* General information about EU matters in any of the official EU languages.
* An answer to your questions on any European Union policy.
* Practical information on dozens of subjects: for example, how to get your qualifications recognised or how to complain about unsafe products.
* Contact details of relevant organisations you may with whom you may wish to deal.
* Advice to help you overcome practical problems with exercising your rights in Europe.

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