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Thurles CBS Students Visit Dáil Eireann

Thurles C.B.S. Visit Dáil Eireann

Pictured here are Transition Year students from Thurles C.B.S School who took time off to visit Dáil Eireann last Wednesday.

Here they were met by North Tipperary Fine Gael Deputy, Noel Coonan and Dáil Eireann tour guides who took the pupils first to the Chamber’s Public Gallery.

At the time of visiting, Leader’s Questions were taking place and the students witnessed at first hand a heated debate across the floor between Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny and An Taoiseach Brian Cowen regarding the Government’s reshuffle the day previous.

Students stayed in the gallery for some twenty minutes before continuing their tour, which included the viewing of paintings of previous, now famous, Government leaders. They were informed of how the Dáil and Seanad operate and the important roles that each play in Irish democracy.

The tour guides then escorted the students through Leinster House, an historic building originally built between 1745 -1747 by the Earl of Kildare, James Fitzgerald, and then it was on to Seanad Éireann.

Following a tour of the Seanad the group was brought for a snack courtesy of Deputy Coonan, who then addressed the students and teachers outlining how the Fine Gael party is eager for responsibility in Government to implement their many effective and costed policies which would lead to a fairer and more balanced economy.
Noel thanked the students for coming to Leinster House and paused for a picture with the group on the plinth before they left.

Feedback from the students later declared the event a most positive experience.

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