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‘Pitch’-winner Dáithí grills the Taoiseach in Leinster House

Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí TY student Dáithí Ó Loinsigh gets to interview Taoiseach Mícheál Martin in reward for winning overall prize in national competition The Pitch

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Dáithí Ó Loinsigh with Taoiseach Mícheál Martin in Leinster House on Monday

Dáithí Ó Loinsigh with Taoiseach Mícheál Martin in Leinster House on Monday

Dáithí Ó Loinsigh meeting Taoiseach Mícheál Martin in Leinster House on Monday

Dáithí Ó Loinsigh meeting Taoiseach Mícheál Martin in Leinster House on Monday

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Dáithí Ó Loinsigh with Taoiseach Mícheál Martin in Leinster House on Monday

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Has he ever felt like a contrarian in his political career; how has being a pandemic-era Taoiseach affected him as a person; what are the long-lasting effects of his term as Minister for Education, and what unique perspective has being from Cork given him as a national leader?

These were just some of the questions posed by a young Kerry student to the leader of the nation on Monday in an interview that was the student’s reward for winning national competition ‘The Pitch’.

Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí TY student Dáithí Ó Loinsigh grilled Taoiseach Mícheál Martin in Leinster House in a dream come true for the prospective young journalist.

And the subject matter ranged widely as the young Kerry man kept his interviewee on-topic at all times – no mean feat for anyone quizzing a politician so experienced as Martin.

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The pair quickly developed a great rapport, with Taoiseach Martin saying afterwards how impressed he was with the young man’s ‘thought-provoking’ probing: “I was delighted to welcome Daithí to Government Buildings and the Taoiseach’s office. He asked some very thought-provoking questions, in Irish and English, and it was encouraging to see such interest in public life from someone of his age.”

Dáithí was also treated to a tour of the Oireachtas, taking lunch with Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, Kerry Senator Mark Daly.

“I genuinely enjoyed every second and I hope in the future – after getting a taste of it – that I can come back soon,” Dáithí.

The experience was the reward for Dáithí recenty winning national competition The Pitch.

Organised by the Public Appointments Service via its website www.publicjoe.ie, it saw over 100 students submitting 30-second multimedia pitches on why the public sector represents one of the best places of employment.

Dáithí’s submission was judged the overall winner nationally.


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