There’s still time to enter the ActionTalks national speech writing competition

by Rose Barrett
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ActionAid Ireland is reminding students in Dublin aged 14 to 18 to enter the ActionTalks national speech writing competition. The top prize for the national winner is a €500 voucher.  

The competition, now in its tenth year, is an opportunity for young people to explore the root causes of local and global injustices and inequalities. This year’s themes focus on the climate crisis, gender-based violence and unpaid care work. 

ActionAid works with women and children, as they take the lead in claiming their human rights to build a more just world. ActionAid’s Women’s Rights programme, funded by Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs, works to eliminate violence against women and girls. Irish Aid programmes are funded by Irish citizens and are part of Ireland’s important global role.  

Entries to the competition can be submitted to ActionAid by email in written form and fifteen successful entrants will go forward to the regionals final, with six regional winners winning a €50 voucher each. At the national final in March, the six finalists will be asked to present their speech to a panel of esteemed judges. The national prize is a €500 voucher for the winner and a €100 voucher for their teacher. 

To enter, students can ask their teacher for details or visit 

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