This is the first year we have been accepted onto the Concern N.I. Debate league. The Concern Debates have been running for 33 years, involving over 50,000 post-primary students in Ireland.
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
On Monday, 13th November, 2017, Ryan McNeilly, Abigail Halligan, John Watson, Jack Brierley, Daniel Hamilton and Jade Fyffe-McFadden achieved 3 points against St. Ciaran’s College arguing in favour of the motion, ‘Young people are indifferent to the problems of the developing world.’
On Tuesday 5th November 2017, Ryan McNeilly, Jade Fyffe McFadden, Jack Brierley and John Watson achieved 1 point against St Killian’s College arguing against the motion, ‘In order for women to access leadership positions, gender quotas must be implemented.’
Our next 2 rounds will be held in January and the team will be opposing the motions, ‘Africa is good for China’ and ‘The world will end the aids epidemic by 2030.’