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RCSI hosts semi-final of Irish Times Debate competition

15 February 2011

RCSI was proud host to the semi-final of the prestigious Irish Times Debate competition on Wednesday 2nd February, 2011.

The resolution for the evening was "This House Would Invite Israel to join the EU" and was chaired by Senator Eugene Regan, member of Seanad Éireann. The event was organised by RCSI's Student Services Department in conjunction with the RCSI Debating Society.

Irish Times Debate competition
Pictured Chairing the Debate is Senator Eugene Regan.

Debaters came from colleges across Ireland, including Trinity College Dublin, King's Inns, NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University and NUI Galway.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of this prestigious tournament. From an initial pool of approximately 300 debaters, three will triumph and be awarded the Demosthenes Trophy at the finals (one team, and an individual).

From this semi-final round, three debaters have advanced to the finals, David Brady of DCU, and the second opposition team from UCD's Commerce & Economics Society - Conor O'Hanlon, and Conor McAndrew.

After a fantastic evening of lively debate in the College Hall, the event concluded with a reception for speakers, adjudicators, chairperson and audience.