Students from Scoil Muire Na nGael NS Bay Estate Dundalk had a morning to remember when they left the classroom to be honoured guests at Louth County Council last week.
The visit was organised to mark the close of the Junior Achievement ‘Our Universe’ programme delivered by Dr Pamela Dagg, Executive Scientist Louth County Council.
The visit also brought the Local Authorities to life as County Manager Conn Murray welcomed students to the chamber, along with his colleagues Michael Curran Director of Services, Des Foley Director of Services and Michael McCabe Economic Development Louth Local Authorities.
The County Manger handed over proceedings to Grainne Cumiskey (PEACE III Secretariat) as Grainne told the group about what takes place in the chamber and in the Local Authorities.
Grainne then guided students to elect a chairperson and County Manager from their class whilst acting out the role of our local councillors. The newly elected young councillors then debated a motion on the ‘rights of young children to vote’.
Interestingly they discussed what age a child is able to make an informed decision at and the importance of their views to local life. They then had a question and answers session with Mr Murray discussing topics like playgrounds, services and wind turbines. As their questions drew to a close, Mr Murray presented certificates to the students on behalf of the Local Authorities and volunteer Pamela Dagg.
Mrs Sloane of Scoil Muire Na nGael thanked Pamela for her delivery of the programme and the Local Authorities for this great morning
“We are delighted Pamela was able to deliver this programme, the materials are excellent and a trip like this to the chamber is very beneficial. Their questions and participation showed their enthusiasm.”