Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin visited Kilkenny City Vocational School on Friday, accompanied by local TD Bobby Aylward.
Deputy Martin congratulated management and staff of the city school on their recent excellent Department of Education Evaluation Report. He said that while he was Minister for Education he was involved in the drawing up of the evaluation template for schools and was aware that such high praise is very rare.
He met staff, the Director of Schools Eileen Curtis and the chairperson of the Board of Management Cllr Matt Doran on his arrival at New Street. Principal Cathy McSorley showed the visitors around the school and they were delighted to meet all the students and staff. Deputy Martin really engaged with the students and spent lots of time socialising and answering their questions.
The Fianna Fail TD said he was very impressed with the student knowledge regarding politics and current affairs. When asked by a Transition Year student, he said the biggest challenge he sees young people facing today is the misuse of social media and the damage it can do to young people’s confidence and self-esteem.
He advised the students to ‘socialise face to face, communicate over a cup of tea and do not become addicts and slaves to Facebook’. He said he ignores all the negative things about himself on social media.
School principal Ms McSorley said the Fianna Fail leader impressed the students and staff who met him.