Mental health issues are a concern
The students in Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy have said that politicians in Ireland need to do more about focussing attention on mental health issues.
The topic was one of many highlighted by the students as matters of concern when this newspaper visited the school to get the views of students ahead of this month's local elections.
The students who met this newspaper included: Eimear Byrne; Catherine Murphy; Ellyssa Sanagustin; Maeve Greig; Alice Medcalf; Nicole Walsh; Nayla Bolger and Aileen Quigley.
Ellyssa commented that students are not taught how to help someone if they are experiencing mental health difficulties while Catherine Murphy said pollution is another key issue that needs to be addressed. She said that within Co Wexford, Enniscorthy town does not rank favourably in terms of air pollution.
'The rubbish around the town is also dreadful,' she said, before commenting that laws in relation to such issues need to be implemented in full.
Maeve Greig highlighted dental care as an area that politicians need to improve on: 'Everyone should be entitled to reliable and cheap dental care.'
The students also said less emphasis should be placed on things like broadband while there are ongoing issues with basic necessities like water safety.
'There are a lot of homelessness issues that need to be looked at too,' said Alice Medcalf, with her sentiments echoed by Nayla Bolger.
'Well, we are young and we are aware of such problems so they [politicians] should be too,' added Eimear.
'There is a lot of homelessness in Dublin and politicians must be aware of it.'
Aileen summed up the feelings of people her age: 'I can vote but I don't have a clue what to do. How do I make the right choice if I don't know [who the candidates are].'