debatePortlaoise Library recently hosted the first of what will be an annual debating competition for schools.

The motion for the debate was ‘That this house believes that the internet will never replace the public library.’ It was a very interesting and competitive debate and the judges applauded the students for the sophistication of their arguments and the standard of their research.

The proposing side, Portlaoise College argued that the public library has never been so badly needed by local communities, that it is one of the few true democratic spaces open to us. They argued that nothing can replace the library, that it provides a unique public service and promotes literacy and the life-long love of books. The opposing side, Scoil Chriost Ri, argued that the internet is the way of the future and the convenience and availability of online libraries will soon render the local library obsolete.

Junior Debating Team: L-R Shannon Ryan, Corey Marum, Kerri Carroll-Talbot and Patrycja Nowakiewicz with teacher Ms. Siobhan Holland.