156th Session (2005/2006)

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Committee[edit]

Elections[edit]

At the AGM of the 155th Session Derek Doyle was elected Auditor of the incoming session, beating Paul Flynn by a narrow margin of three votes. Rachel Scanlon unsuccessfully ran for PRO, Kate O'Sullivan for Internal Convenor and Alanna Landers and Lyn McCarthy for Social Secretary.

Meetings[edit]

1 The Abortion Debate[edit]

That This House Would Legislate for Abortion in Ireland

October 3rd 2005

Proposition:
Dr Mary Favier, Doctors for Choice
Sandra McEvoy, lecturer in Women's Studies, UCC

Opposition:
Ronan Mullen, Irish Examiner
Paul Brady, Pro-Life Campaign

Motion was defeated

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2 GAA Professionalism Debate[edit]

October 10th 2005

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3 Glamour Modelling Debate[edit]

That This House Believes that Glamour Modelling empowers women

October 17th 2005

Proposition:
Catriona Payne, glamour model

Opposition:
Richard Waghorne

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4 EU Turkey Debate[edit]

That This House Would allow Turkish entry to the EU

October 24th 2005

Proposition:
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Opposition:
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5 Music Piracy[edit]

That This House would Prosecute Those who Upload Music Illegally

November 7th 2005

Proposition:
Tim O'Connor,

Opposition:
Robert Stephenson, Treasure Island Records

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6 Iraq Debate[edit]

That This House Would Pull the Troops Out of Iraq

November 14th 2005

Proposition:
Richard Boyd Barret

Opposition:
John McGuirk, the Freedom Institute

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7 Internal Mace Final[edit]

That This House Would Shoot Rioters November 21st 2005


PMT That This House Would Prostitute Him
Proposer: Ms. Ita O'Sullivan
Opposer: Ms Síle Quinlan

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8 LGBT 25th Anniversary Debate[edit]

That This House Believes that Homosexuality is a Lifestyle Choice

November 29th 2005

Address by: Mr Cathal Kerrigan, the founder of UCC LGBT
On the background to the Philosoph meeting which founded UCC LGBT
He received a standing ovation.

Proposition:
Derek Doyle

Opposition:
Gustav Nilsonne, Swedish Ph.D. Candidate

Minutes 156 8

9 City of Culture Debate[edit]

That This House Believes the City of Culture is a Failure

December 5th 2005

Proposition:
Mick Hannigan, owner Kino Cinema and organiser of the Cork Film Festival

Opposition:
Andrea Kennedy, owner Club One, DJ and committee member of "Where's Me Culture?"

Private Members' Time
That This House Believes Hell is Just

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10 "Mistletoe Debate": Polygamy Debate[edit]

That This House Believes the Law should Recognise Polygamy

December 12th 2005

Proposition:
Diarmuid Early

Opposition:
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11 United Ireland Debate[edit]

That This House Would Demand a United Ireland Now

January 9th 2006

Proposition:
Alban McGuinness, SDLP MLA
Arnie O'Connell,Sinn Féin, former IRA prisoner

Opposition:
John Minihane, PD Senator
Michael Copeland, UUP MLA

PMT
To award Honorary Life Membership to Diarmuid Early and Stephen Coutts for breaking at Worlds
Proposition: David McGoldrick
Opposition: (Formality) Danny Gleeson

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12 Cannabis Debate[edit]

That This House Would Legalise Cannabis

January 16th 2006

Proposition:
Richie Morrisroe, SU Education Officer

Opposition:
Rhydian Morgan

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Comedy Night[edit]

January 23rd 2006

Winner: Shane Lyons

13 Irish Language Debate[edit]

January 30th 2006

Proposition: Emer Harrington's dad
Opposition: Some Dublin chappy.

PMT
College petitions

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14 UCC Maidens Final[edit]

That This House Would introduce the death penalty

February 6th 2006

Proposition:
1st Prop: Ross Frenett (Runner-Up)
2nd Prop: Conor O'Brien

Opposition:
1st Opp: Cian Hargrave-Murphy
2nd Opp: Steven Cull (Winner)

PMT
Publication of Danish Muslim Cartoons

Minutes 156 14

15 Sex before Marriage Debate[edit]

That This House Believes Sex Before Marriage Is A Bad Idea

February 13th 2006

Proposition: someone from Ballincollig...Luke?


Opposition: [[]]

Followed by Charity Blind Date Social

Minutes 156 15

16 Lord Mayor's Gold Medal[edit]

That This House Believes Northern MPs should be allowed speak in the Dail

February 20th 2006

Guest Chair: Deirdre Clune, Lord Mayor of Cork

Proposition:
1st Prop: Diarmuid Early
2nd Prop: Mark Collins

Opposition:
1st Opp: Tiernan Fitzgibbon
2nd Opp:Luke Harris

Runner-up: Tiernan Fitzgibbon
Winner: Luke Harris

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Munster Schools Final[edit]

Saturday 25th February 2006

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17 Catholic Church Debate[edit]

That This House Believes that the Catholic Church is not the Church of Christ

March 6th 2006

Proposition:
Colin Maxwell, the Free Presbyterian Church

Opposition:
Fr. Adam Portugal, Society of St. Pius X

Link to Colin Maxwell's speech text and report on the debate:http://www.corkfpc.com/uccdebate.html

Minutes 156 17

18 Students' Union Debate[edit]

That This House Would Scrap the SU

March 13th 2006

Proposition:
Séamus Ó Ceallaigh

Oppositions:
Pádraig MacAmhlaoibh, SU President

Minutes 156 18

Debating Success[edit]

Winner: Irish Times Debating Competition (Diarmuid Early)
Quarter-Finalists: World Universities' Debating Championships (Derek Lande & Stephen Coutts and Tony Murphy & Diarmuid Early)
Finalists: European Universities' Debating Championships (Tony Murphy & Derek Doyle)
Finalists: UCD Vice-President's Cup (Tony Murphy & Diarmuid Early)
Semi-Finalists: UCD Vice-President's Cup (Derek Lande & Stephen Coutts)
Finalists: Trinity College Dean Swift Intervarity (Derek Doyle & Ross Frenett)
Best Speaker: Trinity College Kingsmill-Moore Invitational (Tiernan Fitzgibbon)
Finalists: John Smith Memorial Irish Mace (Derek Lande & Diarmuid Early)
Winner: National Law Debates (Ross Frenett - composite team with Andrea Mulligan of TCD)

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