Funding sought for national schools debating competition

Addressing the monthly meeting of the Municipal District, Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke called on his elected representative colleagues and administration to allocate relevant funding in support of a national schools debating competion to take place next year.

“In my role as Town Mayor, this was one of my finest initiatives and I would like to see the event advanced on a more formal footing and to be held on an annual basis,” Cllr. O’Rourke noted.

Complimenting Cllr. O’Rourke’s initiative, Independent Councillor, Michael O’Brien said that it require a modest budget and funds shoukld be allocated towards the project.

“I commend Cllr. O’Rourke’s initiative in this regard. I was absolutely blown away by the debating calibre of the students involved in the 2018 competition and as a local authority we should be involved in such events,” Cllr. O’Brien remarked.

Cllr. John Dolan acknowledged that the initiative was a “great concept”, while Town Mayor, Cllr. Frankie Keena, further commending Cllr. O’Rourke noted that it was “important for continuity and experience that the debating competition remain in place.”

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