Sixth class visit Dáil Éireann

On the steps of the Dáil

On the steps of the Dáil

Over the last few months, we have been studying about Leinster House.

Leinster House is a beautiful palace-like building occupied by the Irish Parliament, its members and staff. It is the meeting place of Dail Eireann, the lower house and Seanad Eireann, the senate, which together form the two houses of the Oireachtas, Parliament.

Built in 1748, Leinster House was commissioned by James FitzGerald, who was from a prominent Irish noble family also known as the Earls of Kildare.

To finish our project, we went to Dublin to see Leinster House.

(Francesca Di Salvo)

After leaving the school at 9 o’clock we arrived at 10:30. We were brought to the side entrance and were escorted into the Dáil we sat down and saw the Minister for Justice. Later we were ushered into the main hall where we saw portraits of former Taoisigh and pictures of other politicians. Next we went to the Seanad where they were discussing the floods. We left the Seanad and were talkled through the history of the Fitzgerald family, the original owners of the house. When we were leaving we were met with a huge surprise. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny had walked past us.

Next we headed into the Museum Of Archaeology where we saw the Ardagh Chalice, a magnificent chalice made of gold, silver and precious gems and the Tara Brooch, a gem-encrusted brooch which extremely rich people would have worn.

It was a great day out and I’d like to thank Robert Troy and Gabrielle McFadden who brought us to the Dail bar where only TDs and TDs’ guests are allowed. It was a fantastic trip and I’d love to go again.

(Finn Carey)

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