34 students have taken up lunchtime debating at Abbey Community College, a sign of their dedication to modern issues and the opportunity for free speech.
In the initial meeting, debating games meant a quick return to the key skills required by students. Newer members were inducted quickly, picking up the skills of sophisticated argument with the help of seasoned seniors. Topics discussed included feminism, the morality of killing spiders, school uniform and the isolation created by social media (amongst others). Senior students hope to win places this year in the RTE youth parliament on climate change and have plans to enter a series of challenge debates with other schools nationally.