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Secondary School Essay-writing Competition 2016

The University of Limerick Regional Writing Centre is holding its fifth annual National Essay-writing Competition for Transition, 5th and 6th year secondary school students.

The competition will require that students take a decisive stance on the following prompt, which is to be explored in an essay of 800-1,000 words:

“Government policies are causing people to be homeless. On one hand, they’re talking about finding housing to house them and on the other hand by not increasing the rent supplement they’re driving people into homelessness"

– ­Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Focus Ireland founder and president. –

Whose responsibility is it to combat the homelessness crisis: government or charity? Respond to this question with reference to the above quote.

The primary purpose of our competition is to give students the opportunity to engage in a social debate through writing and to prepare them for argumentative writing at third level. In addition, the competition highlights the University of Limerick’s commitment to supporting the educational advancement of prospective students. The Regional Writing Centre is dedicated to helping students to develop strategies to become more confident, critical and autonomous writers, able to write persuasively in all contexts, whether academic or professional.

The deadline for receipt of entries for this competition is Friday, 26th February, 2016, 12:00pm

Three shortlisted winners in each year will be announced on Friday, 8th April, 2016, and prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony by the President of the University of Limerick, Professor Don Barry, on Tuesday, 26th April, 2016. The overall winner of the National Essay-writing Competition for each year (Transition, 5th and 6th Year) will receive an iPad, while the two runners up in each year will receive a €150 voucher.