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Second Year Student Takes Part in Dail Youth Assembly on Climate

Second Year student Sioda Monagan delivers a hard hitting speech in the Dail

Congratulations to our Second Year student Sioda Monagan who took part in the Youth Assembly on Climate Change held in Dail Eireann on Friday November 15th. Despite being just 14 years old Sioda was chosen by her discussion group (Economics) to deliver the results of their deliberations. Sioda presented a wide ranging address in the chamber and her thought provoking comments have been widely reported in the media.

Background to the Youth Assembly at Dail Eireann

The houses of the Oireachtas/RTE Youth Assembly on Climate brought 157 students from across Ireland to the Dail Chamber to discuss how Ireland needs to address the climate crisis, establish the next urgent steps for Ireland and present them to the nation through the Proclamation on Climate. The special Dail sitting was broadcast on RTE News Now and Oireachras TV. The delegates were divided into six groups to facilitate debate on six different topics.

After the day of debate and discussion about what Ireland needs to do to tackle environmental issues The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Mr. Richard Bruton, was presented with the 10 recommendations. Presenting the recommendations to the minister, Co. Dublin student Salim Kajani said they did not come into the Dáil for nothing, and he said he hoped Minister Bruton could at least consider the proposals and implement something in keeping with their demands.

Sioda Visits the European Parliament

Seperately, Sioda is a member of the Euorchilds Children's Council (ECC) and through this will be travelling to the European Parliament in Brussels for a conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Here, she will deliver a speech on behalf of the ECC to the parliament and a number of NGOs. She will also meet with Irish MEPs as well as children and adults from different organisations across Europe.

Well done Sioda, we are so proud of your achievements, keep up the good work.

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