Liam O’Connell Perpetual Debate 17/11/2011

Ireland is well served by our membership of the EU’.

IFA (Irish Farmers Association)/ Ard Scoil, Rathangan
IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Conference)/ Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen.
Combat Poverty /Patricians Post Primary, Newbridge
Iona Institute / Pipers Hill, Naas.
ICTU (Irish Congress of Trade Unions)/ Kildare Community School, Kildare town.
USI (Union of Students of Ireland)/ Patricians Post Primary, Newbridge.
Equality Authority/ Ard Scoil na Trionoide, Athy.

EU and women’s rights

50 years of gender equalitySenator Norris and Gay rights

Wiki LGBT Rights

Details of event:
Date: Thursday November 17th.
Venue: Council Chamber in Aras Cill Dara Naas ( an authentic debating environment and seat of local government)
9.30 am Registration and refreshments

9.45 am Start; introductions and explanatory session

10.00 A representative of each debating team would put their position to the floor.

11.15 Break for lunch, a hot/cold lunch will be provided in the Council canteen for all those participating in the debate and teachers. This period can also be used to prepare re-buttle for second session.

12.15 Chaired open debate on positions put forward before lunch. (this might afford other members of each debating team to act as spokesperson for the lobby/ debating team.)

13.15 Vote will be put to the floor.

13.25 Adjudicators report and results. This would give a critical analysis of debate and select a recipient team for the trophy and prize for each member of team.

2.15 Event ends in time for schools to make it back before school closing time.

Staging this debate in the County Council Chamber will lend an air of reality to the debate and an appreciation on behalf of students of what is involved in the serious side of governance. Local press will be engaged to cover the debate in a similar fashion as they might cover monthly Council meetings.

Thanking you in anticipation of your participation in this initiative and should you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate in contacting me. To facilitate administration of this event we would appreciate notice of participation before the 30th of September.