Laura Walsh, Maebh McCarthy, Natasha Sutton and Caoimhe Ni Shuilleabhain of Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty at the 2016-2017 Concern Debates Final at The Helix in Dublin

Volunteers are being sought to judge the country’s largest school debating contest which boasts Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe among its tens of thousands of past participants.

Concern Debates, which was established by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide in 1984, was set up to encourage teenagers to talk about burning issues surrounding global justice and development – and has so far attracted more than 50,000 participants.

The Concern Debates team is looking for people from all backgrounds to judge debates taking place in schools from October to May 2018.

“This is an opportunity to hear the views of young people on serious, topical and controversial issues,” said Concern’s Claire Marshall.

Well-known former Concern debaters include RTE presenter Claire Byrne and TV3’s Karen Koster.

Contact Claire Marshall on 01-4178078 or email debates@concern.net