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Cuairt Michael Lowry T.D.
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Lowry T.D. Visits the Gaelscoil
As part of our ongoing political awareness
programme, last Monday we had great pleasure in welcoming Deputy Lowry
to Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan to speak to the children from 3rd to 6th
Deputy Lowry explained to the children how the electoral system works
for electing our national politicians. He detailed the length and breath
of the constituency of Tipperary North and that we elect three politicians
to take their seats in Dáil Éireann to represent the people
of this area.
Michael explained how he first became interested in politics, being
heavily involved in his local community in Holycross and within the
GAA in Tipperary. He described how he evolved from being a party politician
for FG to becoming an Independent T.D. and answered many questions regarding
the advantages and disadvantages of each. The disadvantages included
not having the strength of the party machine behind you. The advantages
included being able to vote as you see fit and not being bound by the
party whip. Giving conditional support to the Government Deputy Lowry
explained how he was able to provide and secure services and things
for his constituency.
Deputy Lowry gave a great insight into the busy life of a rural T.D.
– combining life in the Dail and being active in the local area.
Monday is spent on Constituency engagements – meeting people with
problems, attending meetings etc.
The Dail convenes on a Tuesday afternoon with the Government setting
out the week’s agenda. This often causes a heated debate with
the opposition disputing the times allocated to certain discussions.
Wednesday is a busy day of voting and passing legislation. Also within
the Private Motions the Opposition get to raise issues of concern. On
Thursdays thye have Leader’s Questions with the Taoiseach or Tánaiste
responding to questions raised.
Then it’s back to the constituencies for clinics, meetings and
functions on Fridays and Saturdays and hopefully the odd match or race
meeting on Sundays.
The children asked Deputy Lowry many questions ranging from his motivation
for entering politics to his favourite moment in politics and sport
and as to whether he had any pets! Michael answered the questions fully
and openly. On his departure the sixth class children formed a spontaneous
guard of honour and wished him well in the forthcoming election.
We really enjoyed the visit of Deputy Lowry. The children got a great
insight into how our system of National Politics works and it brought
to life the busy lifestyle of a rural T.D.