Oireachtas Essay Competition


Competition Results 2022/23

We are delighted by the large number of entries for this inaugural Oireachtas Essay Competition.

All essays have been assessed and the shortlists are now being examined by our Judging Panel.

Each winner and his/her Teacher Point of Contact will be contacted in the coming weeks ahead of the official announcement on this website.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone taking part.

Senator Rónán Mullen
Competition Convener

We are inviting students to submit essays in English or Irish on the subject ‘Parliamentary Politics Matters’ or ‘Tábhacht na Polaitíochta Parlaiminte.

There are many challenges facing society today. To work for the wellbeing and security of all, we need a healthy, functioning democracy.

The interest and engagement of young people is essential for this.

We hope this Competition will enable you to reflect on the importance of democracy to our country and to consider the work of parliament in particular (the Oireachtas, Northern Ireland Assembly, UK Parliament etc).”

Read full message here >


Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD,
Ceann Comhairle

Senator Rónán Mullen,
Competition Convenor

Supported by An Ceann Comhairle and with thanks to the Oireachtas Education Unit


Principal Sponsor


Associate Sponsors


Essay Competition Prizes

One National Winner

— Best Essay in English or Irish

€500 for the student
€500 for the school

Five Regional Winners

— Dublin, Rest of Leinster, Connacht, Ulster and Munster

€250 for the student
€250 for the school

Irish Language

€250 for the student
€250 for the school

Also, two entries per region and two Irish language entries to be Highly Commended

Winners to be invited to an awards function with lunch in Leinster House.​

Please complete this form to register for the Oireachtas Essay Competition.

Make sure that you have read and understood the Competition Rules and Procedures.

After completing this form, you will receive an email to your email address with your ID registration number.

Please use this ID registration number to name your essay. Only your issued ID number may feature in the title of the essay being submitted.

You must submit your essay on the Upload Essay page.

Thanks and good luck.