On 17 April, Seanad Éireann will host a debate by the 16 winners of the Oireachtas all-island school competition. The students will debate the legacy of the suffrage movement.

The students, who were selected from hundreds of applicants, visited Leinster House in December to meet the Vótáil 100 team. They returned in February, when they learned about using historical sources from historians Louise Ryan and Mary Clancy. They also took part in a workshop with debating coach William Dunne.

The students and teachers will meet again in March for another debating workshop.

The debate programme is a fantastic opportunity for the students to get an insight into the role of the Oireachtas, gender equality, the role of civil society in democracy, and the legacy of the women who fought for the vote.

TY student debaters in Leinster House

TY student debaters visit Leinster House in December 2017

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