A LOCAL teacher spoke at a cyber bullying debate that was held in the Seanad this week, after he was invited to do so by Senator Jim D’Arcy.
Institute of Guidance Counsellors PRO Betty McLaughlin and Colaiste Ris Guidance Counsellor Gerry Malone spent a significant amount of time prior to the meeting liaising with the speakers where they asked them to affirm their role and the importance of having a Guidance Counselling service in schools.
Gerry and Betty also asked Senators to impress upon the Minister the importance of the role of Guidance Counsellors in counselling and supporting students that have been affected by bullying.
Gerry Malone from Colaiste Rís told the paper that the debate was a great success.
“I was invited to the Dail by Jim D’Arcy to attend a debate in the Seanad on cyber bullying on Wednesday.
“The media officer of the Institute Betty McLaughlin also attended. We met with some of the representatives on the guidance cuts from last year as well as attending the debate. The week before I met with local TD Ged Nash in the Dáil, and also met with Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein’s spokespersons on the cuts. I got a good response from everybody.”
The outcome of the debate was very positive and many Senators stated as much.
Also many Senators believed that Minister Quinn had made a hugely significant statement when he acknowledged he had taken into account representations made by the speakers on behalf of the need for guidance counselling. Minster Quinn also reaffirmed that he would be taking representations into account when making his decisions.