Pokémon characters are causing a stir among the young.

Wartortle, Kakuna, Beedrill, and Arcanine are just some of the 150 or so Pokémon characters. While these names may not be on the tip of everyone's tongue, they are causing quite a stir with young people. 

Deirdre McCarthy reports on the latest craze of Pokémon character card trading. The bargaining and swapping of cards has become so intense that one Dublin school has had little choice but to ban it outright. Deirdre speaks to some card collectors about the new phenomenon. At Burrow National School in Sutton, Principal Hazel McClean believes there is no longer any positive social interaction to be gained between the children who engage in Pokémon card trading.

We discovered there was unfair trading at play time.

Mclean also comments on the bizarre and complicated names of Pokémon that a four year old child has no problem remembering and speculates on the possibility that these characters could be used in a way that has a positive learning outcome. 

Brian Hughes from the Psychology Department at LSB College comments

Children will play and barter what they own regardless of actually what it is and I don't think we can blame the actual toys themselves.

An RTÉ News report by Deirdre McCarthy broadcast on 23 March 2000.