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Ministerial Visitor Urges Students to Embrace Leadership Roles
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Ministerial Visitor Urges Students to Embrace Leadership Roles

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty Visited her Alma Mater St Mary’s – Monday 26th FebruaryImage-1
The members of the Student Council, class captains and vice-captains, Fifth Year Politics and Society students as well as teachers from the History Department and the management team greeted the minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty at 2pm on Monday 26th February. She kindly accepted the Student Council’s invitation to come to her Alma Mater to celebrate with students the ‘Road to Votes’ which celebrates 100 years of votes for women. The ceremony was fittingly opened with Hannah Ryan Murphy singing ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’. Members of the Student Council –  Emily McElroy, Karen Loma, Rheanne Robles, Emily Dixon and Emily Gallagher participated in the ceremony. Emily told the assembled group about the background of the ‘Road to Votes’ while Karen gave a potted history of Constance Markiewicz. This was followed by Leanne speaking about the role of women in Irish Parliamentary Politics today. ROD2After this wonderful presentation Ms Bourke welcomed the minister to the stage to speak about the importance of women in leadership and to inspire them to seek out leadership roles. The minister welcomed questions from the audience after her insightful speech. The closing music for the ceremony was from our Head Girl Lauryn McCausland who sang the hauntingly beautiful ballad ‘Grace’. Two of our First Years, Emily Dixon and Emily Gallagher presented the minister with a framed picture of the school surrounded by inspirational quotes which was designed by Mazzy Hollerich. Ms Bourke concluded the ceremony and the members of the student council brought the minister to the Library for refreshments. We thank the minister for marking the ‘Road to Votes’ in the school (and later tweeting about it!) and also to Mr Farrell for organising this unique event in the school community.

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