All six category winners with Dr Ursula Kilkelly and Professor Mary Donnelly
Sinéad Mc Weeney, a Fifth Year student of Meánscoil Mhuire, has won the prestigious UCC Law Essay Competition.
The UCC competition is held annually and challenges second level pupils to engage with the law in a meaningful way.
The UCC Law and Business School’s motto is 'Shaping a Just Society' and students are encouraged to examine how that can be achieved.
Sinéad’s winning essay examined the failings of the Direct Provision system in Ireland.
Sinéad, her English class and teacher Ms Keogh were invited to UCC to attend the prize giving ceremony on Thursday, February 1 in the Council Room of the Main Quadrangle.
Students were also treated to a tour of the UCC campus. The Dean of the School of Law, Professor Ursula Kilkelly presided over the affair. She commented on the outstanding calibre of enteries in this year’s competition and complimented the applicants for their clear understanding and appreciation of the complexities of the law.
There were six category winners and each winner received individual feedback on why their essay had been selected as the winning entry.
Sinéad’s feedback was provided by Dr Catherine O Sullivan whose main areas of expertise are Criminal Law, Criminology, Gender and the Law and the Law and Literature.
She noted how Sinéad clearly grasped the charitable intentions of Direct Provision yet also how she recognised the failings of Direct Provision system in relation to Human Rights Legislation, specifically the right to privacy and dignity.
Furthermore she complemented Sinéad on her understanding of the individual people behind the facts and statistics.
She concluded by stating that Sinéad; “writes really well”.
Unfortunately, Sinéad was unable to attend the event but Emma McGoey collected the certificate and prize money on her behalf.