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Friday 18 April 2014

Mounthawk students open school credit union

Mercy Mounthawk launched their new school credit union on Friday. Pictured are Lena Haikin, Cian Lehane, Sadhbh Walsh, Alannah McElligott, Katie Cronin, Katrina Rice, assistant manager TCU, Sarah Hartnett, Clodagh Byrne, Emma Leahy and Orla O’Shea, TCU.

A GROUP of transition year students from Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School have taken their first steps towards a career in finance with the opening of the school's new credit union.

The school credit union opened for business on Friday under the management of an eight-strong team of fourth year students who were selected to run the branch after being interviewed by members of Tralee Credit Union who will oversee the group's work.

The students, who will run the credit union for the rest of the year, spent weeks preparing for its official opening including several days doing in-house training at Tralee Credit Union's head office on Ashe Street.

Having only opened for business at lunchtime on Friday the school credit union, which offers services for all students from first year to sixth year, has already attracted a large number of members. "We were delighted with the calibre of students who expressed an interest in running the school's credit union and it is a great opportunity for us to educate the youth on the operating principles and the credit union concept," said Tralee Credit Union Youth Development Officer Orla O'Shea.

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