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Dáil na nÓg


Dáil na nÓg is the national parliament for young people aged 12-18 years. The DCYA funds and oversees Dáil na nÓg, which is hosted biennially by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.  Delegates are elected to Dáil na nÓg by the 34 Comhairle na nÓg. Dáil na nÓg Logo

Successive independent evaluations note that Dáil na nÓg has gone from strength to strength, with more challenging and contentious debate each year.

One representative from each Comhairle na nÓg is elected to the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive (formerly the Dáil na nÓg Council), which follows up on the recommendations from the Dáil and tries to make changes for young people in those areas. The National Executive, which has a term of office of two years, meets once a month and is facilitated and supported by the DCYA, who ensure that they get the opportunity to engage with appropriate Ministers, policy-makers, Oireachtas Committees and other decision-makers.

The role of the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive is:

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Dáil na nÓg 2013

Dáil na nÓg 2013 took place on Friday, 15th November in Croke Park Dublin. The topic under discussion at the event was ‘mental health’. All 34 Comhairle na nÓg were invited to nominate a topic for national debate at Dáil na nÓg and ‘mental health’ was overwhelmingly the most popular topic. The top recommendation from the event was the need for a national mental health gathering for second level students, with music and events to improve attitudes towards mental health. Action on this recommendation will be followed-up by the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive, which is comprised of one young representative from each of the 34 Comhairle na nÓg. The Executive has a term of office of two years and is supported in its work by staff in the DCYA.


Dáil na nÓg Achievements

Some extremely important wins have been achieved by young people from successive Dáil na nÓg Councils in recent years, who have linked with adult decision-makers and brought to public attention issues of importance to the lives of young people. Their achievements include the following actions:

Some reports on the work at Dáil na nÓg Council are available for download: 

Dáil na nÓg 2011

Dáil na nÓg 2011 Delegate Report

Dáil na nÓg 2011 Evaluation Report

Dáil na nÓg 2010 

The issues of mental health and access to education was discussed.

Press Release on Recommendations from Dáil na nÓg 2010 

Dáil na nÓg 2009

Download document on Work of Dáil na nÓg Council 2009

Download Life Skills Matter: Not just points

Download Dáil na nÓg 2009-2010 Final Evaluation EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Download Dáil na nÓg 2009-2010 Final Evaluation Report

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