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Wexford students bring vaping awareness campaign to Dáil


Students Leanne Mahon (left) and Aimee Farrell pictured with Deputy Paul Kehoe TD.

Students Leanne Mahon (left) and Aimee Farrell pictured with Deputy Paul Kehoe TD.

Students Leanne Mahon (left) and Aimee Farrell pictured with Deputy Paul Kehoe TD.


TWOTransition Year students in FCJ Bunclody are currently engaged in a campaign against the vaping industry and on Thursday they took their project to the Dáil.

Leanne Mahon and Aimee Farrell are currently working hard on their entry for the BT Young Scientist exhibition that will take place in the RDS in January.

They presented their project, ‘Vaping Unveiled: harmless or habit forming?’ in the Dáíl where they were supported by 24 economics students from the school.

The group was invited to visit Leinster House by Deputy Paul Kehoe TD who expressed great interest in their anti-vaping campaign.

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Deputy Kehoe arranged for Leanne and Aimee to meet Colm Burke TD, who is on the Dáil Health Committee and who also has a keen interest in the issue being raised by the students.

A spokesperson for the school said: “He gave up his time to meet the girls and keenly listened to what they had to say. He offered lots of advice to the girls and he was very impressed with their work.”

He said Deputy Burke gave them his full support and provided them with lots of documentation that will help them with their project.

“The girls are going to keep in touch with him between now and January and hope to meet him again in the RDS during the Young Scientist exhibition," said the spokesperson.

Deputy Kehoe then arranged for the students to have a guided tour of Leinster House and he also arranged for them to observe proceedings in both the Dáil and the Seanad.

The Enniscorthy based TD then gave an entertaining talk to the students on the role of a TD and the different roles he has held over the years.

“He also discovered that he is related to a number of the students that were on the tour,” sad the school spokesperson.

After their visit to the Dáil the FCj students went to view 14 Henrietta Street, which is an historic tenement building that has been transformed into a museum and they also managed to get in some time for shopping on Grafton Street with the Lego shop proving particularly popular

The students were very grateful to Ms Simone O'Neill who accompanied them on the trip and who will also be supporting Leanne and Aimee with their entry for the young scientist exhibition.