Oireachtas Essay Competition


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).”

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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.​