Tara McLaughlin, a student at The Grammar School in Co Sligo and Edel Colgan, a student at St Leo’s College in Co Carlow won the 2020 ActionAid Speech Writing Competition.
The final, held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, was attended by over 70 people – with attendees hailing as far as the United States and Greece.
The finalists delivered their passionate speeches in front of a panel of esteemed judges:
- Saoirse McHugh (Green Party & Climate Activist)
- Shane Keenan (Policy Lead – Gender Equality, Irish Aid)
- Órla Ryan (Journalist with the Journal.ie)
- Dr Ciarán O’Carroll (Climate Scientist & Extinction Rebellion )
The speeches, which all looked at the intersection between climate justice and gender equality, were judged on delivery, writing skills, and understanding of the topic.
While all the finalists demonstrated a keen interest in women’s rights and climate justice, there could only be two winners.
Edel Colgan and Tara McLaughlin stood out for their critical thinking, depth of research, originality and outstanding delivery.