Debate it: knockout phase 2008 - 2009

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Debate it: knockout phase 2008 - 2009

The National Final was between Sandford Park School and Gort Community School. It took place in the Astra Hall, Students’ Centre, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4 on Wednesday 13 May.

The motion

The chair for the evening was Newstalk’s Tom Dunne. The motion: “The Irish government’s recent cut in overseas aid is misguided, irresponsible and just plain wrong.”

Close debate

After a very close debate, Sanford Park emerged as the victors. Their prize was a trip to Kenya.

Check out our blog for more information on the teams.


The Semi-finals took place in Dublin on Wednesday 22 April in All Hallows College. The schools debating were:

  • Ard Scoil Ris, Griffith Avenue vs Sandford Park, Ranelagh
  • Scoil Mhuire Longford vs Gort Community School

The motion was: "Western interventions are exacerbating the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Africa." Check out some photos from the semi-finals here.


Below are some pictures from the 2009 quarter-finals: