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Lesson plan: Pioneers of parliamentary politics

Winifred Carney / Courtesy of Kilmainham Gaol Museum KMGLM 2012.0243

Lesson plan: Pioneers of parliamentary politics

Use this lesson plan, slideshow and printable worksheets to teach primary school 3rd and 4th class about the history of women in Irish parliamentary politics.

Lesson plans: Vótáil100

Use these lesson plans to teach junior cycle history or CSPE and leaving cert politics and society about the campaign for political rights for women.

Politics and society live experiences

The politics and society class from Castleknock Community College visiting Leinster House

Politics and society live experiences

Leaving cert politics and society classes are invited to take part in two live experiences: a visit to Leinster House or a "Ceann go Ceann" video conference with the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann.

  • The Leinster House visit includes a tour of the Dáil and Seanad Chambers. The students then hold their own debate in one of the Committee rooms, usually on one of the four titles issued for the citizenship project. TDs for the schools' constituencies sometimes drop in for a chat.
  • With the Ceann go Ceann video conference, students and teachers have the chance to speak directly to the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, and ask him all their questions about Irish politics and the Oireachtas.
TED-Ed Club

Student debate

TED-Ed Club

The Houses of the Oireachtas is forming a TED-Ed Club. It will comprise 16 students in transition year or fifth year. Each club member will have a chance give a TED-style talk in the Mansion House, Dublin.

Recent educational publications

Thu, 13 Dec

Vótáil100 politics and society, lesson plan

Vótáil100 politics and society, lesson plan (PDF)

Thu, 13 Dec

Vótáil100 history/CSPE, lesson plan

Vótáil100 history/CSPE, lesson plan (PDF)

Wed, 12 Dec

Pioneers of parliamentary politics, wordsearch

Pioneers of parliamentary politics, wordsearch (PDF)

Wed, 12 Dec

Pioneers of parliamentary politics, worksheet

Pioneers of parliamentary politics, worksheet (PDF)

Wed, 12 Dec

Pioneers of parliamentary politics, slide show

Pioneers of parliamentary politics, slide show (PPS)

Leinster House

Tour of Leinster House

Take a five minute video tour of Leinster House.

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Dáil Éireann

Tour of Dáil Éireann

Take a short video tour of Dáil Éireann.

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Seanad Éireann

Tour of Seanad Éireann

Take a short tour of the Upper House of the Oireachtas.

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Other resources

Want to find out more about the other bodies that influence how Ireland is governed? We’ve compiled a selection of links to organisations that influence the policies and laws we all live by.

CSPE videos

If you’re a student or teacher of junior cert civic, social and political education, CSPE, or just want to learn more about our parliamentary and political system, take a look at our video series. It’s the quick and painless way to get an overview of parliamentary democracy in Ireland.

Contact details

Houses of the Oireachtas
Leinster House
Kildare St
Dublin 2
D02 XR20
Ireland

Parliamentary education officer

Conor Reale

(01) 6184056
conor.reale@oireachtas.ie