Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection
Social, Personal and Health Education Curriculum: Discussion with Comhairle na nÓg
I welcome from Comhairle na nÓg, Mr. Orin Tulié Daly, Offaly, Mr. Stephen Keegan, Roscommon, Ms Davina Clancy, Galway, Mr. Conn McCarrick, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, and Ms Niamh Donnelly, Mayo, to discuss the social, personal and health education curriculum and the relationships and sexuality education within that.
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