11 January, 2019 - Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. congratulates Young Scientist Winner

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today presented Adam Kelly of Skerries Community College, Dublin, winner of the BT Young Scientist and Technologist of the Year 2019 with the award at the RDS in Dublin.

The Minister said “I am delighted to present the BT Young Scientist of the Year perpetual Trophy to Adam Kelly.  It is a phenomenal achievement and their work should be an inspiration to us all.

“I took the time this week to see for myself the range and scale of talent, innovation and dedication that students put into the BT Young Scientist competition and everyone who took part deserves a massive congratulations.

“The atmosphere of excitement, creativity and fun at the RDS this week has been incredible.  The students are a credit to their families, schools and teachers and they should rightly be proud of being here.  

“I was delighted to get the chance to speak to so many articulate, talented young people who explained their projects with confidence and enthusiasm.  I am particularly pleased to see so many young people tackling some of the most important issues facing us, from climate change to health, to technology, ethics and societal change.  They are a huge inspiration.

“I am confident this year’s winners and many of those who took part will follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before them and pursue important scientific endeavour and represent our country proudly at international level. I look forward to seeing the great things that these talented young people go on to achieve.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the unique and brilliant event that the BTYSTE is; the sponsors; the 81 judges; the dedicated teachers; and of course the mothers, fathers and families whose support is absolutely key to this.

“The entire competition is a credit to everyone involved, and brings to life the old adage of 'mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.  I hope many people will make the trip to the RDS this weekend to see the exhibition, hear from the students and visit the fantastic primary science fair.”