Colaiste Ide agus Iosef 3rd Year CSPE Trip to Leinster House
On Tuesday April 17th, Class Brid 3 from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef (Abbeyfeale) made a trip to Dáil Éireann as part of their CSPE Action Project which will contribute towards their Junior Cert grade. Beforehand, the class had organised themselves into five groups, each taking responsibility for a different aspect of their project.
When they arrived at the Dáil they had to go through security. They had to put their jackets and bags through a scanner. On arrival, they met with Sinn Fein TD’s Martin Ferris and Maurice Quinlivan. Following photos, they had a surprise visit by Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein Party Leader. He spoke to them about his role as a TD and they enjoyed talking many photos with him. Next, they made their way to the Dáil chamber for Leaders questions. They heard TD’s such as Michael Martin, Mary Lou McDonald, and Michael Lowery question An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Some of their questions included the issues surrounding the data breach at the INM and local Country Council spending in relation to the upkeep of secondary roads.
Next they went to the Seanad. There they saw Senator David Norris speak. He spoke about concerns in relation to the loss of medical cards for those deemed to be financially over the minimum threshold. His speech was similar to the debates in the main chamber but this time he didn’t have a time limit.
After the debate, the tour guide brought them to the gallery. The gallery had portraits of all the past Taoisigh. The tour guide told them about the history of the Dáil and also the Taoisigh. During the tour they also met with Simon Harris, Minister for Health and Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing.
On completion of their guided tour, they met Patrick O’ Donovan , Minister of State for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment . He spoke with them about his visit to their school on December 18th last and gave them a brief history on Leinster House. They took a group photo with him before departing.
They had an extremely enjoyable visit, once which will remain etched in their memory for many years to come. They would like to thank Minister of State Patrick O’ Donovan for his kind invitation and also to his Administrative Assistant Jeremiah Roche for meeting with them and accompanying them on the tour.
Finally, their sincere thanks go to their teacher Ms Kelly and to Nora, SNA, for travelling to Dublin with us. They look forward to returning to Dail Eireann, perhaps as future leaders of their country. The sky is the limit!