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Student Council at St. Patrick's BNS


St. Patrick’s BNS is proud to share the news that it is setting up its first Student Council for pupils from 3rd to 6th class, and the Senior Language Class.

As part of this, we were delighted to welcome Róisín Shortall, TD, last Friday (September 19th), to speak to all those pupils regarding the Irish political system.

The pupils and staff gathered in the Anne Louise Gilligan Lecture Theatre in DCU St Patrick’s campus to listen to local TD, Ms. Shortall, speak about many aspects of our democratic Proportional Representation system, including nominations, canvassing, voting, and the counting and transfer of votes.

She also spoke about the work that politicians do, and the work that might be undertaken by members of a Student Council.

She encouraged all pupils to consider getting involved if they felt they might be able to make a worthwhile contribution as part of a Student Council. She pointed out that even if a candidate wasn’t successful he or she should be very proud of themselves for making the effort and putting themselves forward in the first place.

Ms. Shortall emphasised the importance of voting for those pupils whom you think are hard-working and would effectively represent the views of other pupils.

She was impressed with the pupils’ questions, comments and queries and excellent engagement and attentiveness throughout the hour-long talk.

Nominations are taking place this week in classrooms with the voting scheduled for the end of the month.

Best of luck to all the Candidates!

We’ll keep you posted!

Thanks to the college for facilitating the talk, to Ms. Shortall for speaking, and to Ms. Bowe, Mr. Moore and Ms. O’Sullivan for all their organising.

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