St Joseph's College Lucan

All Ireland Concern Debating Competition

Every year senior students in St Joseph’s College participate in the All Ireland Concern Debating Competition.
06-March-18

Every year senior students in St Joseph’s College participate in the All Ireland Concern Debating Competition. St Joseph’s fosters a passion for debating among all years and the school has been very lucky to be successful in recent years with our team competing in the final in 2016 and progressing to the final 16 in 2017.

The Concern Debates have been running for 33 years, involving over 50,000 post-primary students in Ireland. Debating topics related to global development encourages participants to explore and be challenged by some of the world’s most important issues.

By taking part, students also learn the valuable skills of research and debating. Some are inspired to go on to become advocates for social change both at home and abroad. Around 140 schools across the country participate annually, including since 2014 schools in Northern Ireland.

This year our team tackled a range of motions from “To end hunger the world must embrace GMOs” to “China is good for Africa”. From participating in debating we have all gained a better insight into current affairs in the world and gained confidence in Public Speaking.

This year as of writing we have been lucky enough to qualify into the final 16 in Belfast and are opposing the motion “To help achieve the SDG’s, the ‘Robin Hood’ tax must be adopted globally.” On behalf of all the team I would like to thank Mr Smyth for his continued creativity, dedication and support to debating in St Joseph’s College.

Aoife Flood

6th Year

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