Congratulations to TY student Kate Rodgers who has reached the finals of the Youth Debate in Seanad Eireann as part of the Vótáil100 commemorative programme. Kate will take part in three workshops in Seanad Eireann in preparation for the main debate which will be held on the 17th April, 2018. The first of these three workshops will be held this Friday, 1st December. Over 350 entries were received to this competition and only 20 finalists were selected to take part in the final debate. Thanks also to Kate’s English teacher Ms. Morrow who will accompany her to Dublin.
We wish Kate continued success in her preparations for the main debate – this is a huge achievement!!
Further details of the Vótáil100 commemorative programme are given below ( https://beta.oireachtas.ie/en/visit-and-learn/votail-100/)
In 2018 the Houses of the Oireachtas, under the banner of Vótáil 100, will commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the giving of voting rights to women and the resulting women elected to Parliament. The fundamental importance of this period in Irish society cannot be understated as it allowed, across a series of key dates, a burgeoning movement towards equality be enshrined in Irish law.
1918 marked an important beginning on a journey towards full electoral equality and it is important that we reflect on these events, celebrate how this has enriched public life and consider how modern Ireland has been shaped by this period in our history. 2018 will see us work with the Royal Irish Academy to host an academic conference entitled “Representation, Gender and Politics: Past and Present”, we will host a Youth Debate in Seanad Éireann and in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland, Leinster House will play host to an exhibition of artefacts, images and ephemera. This exhibition will celebrate the work of the suffragette movement, the importance of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the impact that this has had on modern society.
We will also work with the National Gallery of Ireland to present an exhibition that focuses on the life of Countess de Markievicz.