Students of the De La Salle College in Dundalk visited the The Houses of the Oireachtas last week and participated in the new “Outreach Programme.”
Third year CSPE students visited Government buildings for their action programme in the subject, which accounts partly for their grades.
The new programme allows students to visit the House of the Oireachtas and meet their local TD’s and Senators.
Students learn how government decisions affects their lives, the role of TDs and Senators and how the government system operates.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat about the new programme, Mr. Brian Halpin, who teaches English, History and CSPE at De La Salle College said “It was a great day for the students.
“It proved to be a valuable experience for them personally and for their project.
“We were given a tour of the Dail and the Senate. We also had a meeting with all the local TD’s and Senators and they told the students information and government operations.
Meanwhile, Labour Senator Mary Moran told the paper “It was great to have the De La Salle students here. I hope that it was of benefit to them.
“It’s always great to have young people coming to the Houses of the Oireachtas and for them to actually see what goes on.”
Many great figures have past through the classrooms of De La Salle, including former Ireland manager Steven Staunton.
Maybe this visit could spark the beginning of a political career for one of these students.