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Primary schools in Dublin 15 have been invited to take part in a new nationwide 1916 Centenary Schools Art competition by Tánaiste and Labour TD for Dublin West, Joan Burton. An initiative of the Labour Party, the competition is open to all primary schools. Students are invited to submit a piece of artwork on the theme of “My Republic”.

Joan Burton said: “I would like to invite schools here in Dublin 15 to get involved. This competition is a wonderful opportunity to spark a conversation amongst our young people, not just about 1916, but about the Ireland they live in today.

“It’s part of a series of commemoration events being organised by the Labour Party over the next year in conjunction with the 1916 centenary celebrations.”

The piece of art work submitted must be inspired by the theme “My Republic” and should be accompanied by a brief written explanation no more than 500 words as to how the theme influenced the artwork.

Four students will be chosen as prize-winnners. Prizes include a voucher for art supplies worth €250 for the winning student’s class, as well as an invitation for a tour of the Houses of the Oireachtas.

The deadline for submissions is the 29th of January 2016, and all entries must be submitted to the Labour Party Head Office in Sir John Rogerson’s Quay