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Comhairle na nÓg  National Executive

Each of the 31 Comhairle na nÓg elects one representative to the National Executive to serve for a two-year period.

The role of the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive is to follow up on the top recommendation from the previous Dáil na nÓg and seek to have it implemented. The National Executive has a term of office of two years, and meets once a month. The National Executive 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.

Officials from the DCYA and the Department of Education and Skills (DES) have established a Steering Committee of policy makers to support the work of the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive over its two-year term of office.

National wins by young people from Comhairle na nÓg and Dáil na nÓg

Some extremely important wins have been achieved by young people from successive Comhairle na nÓg National Executives in acting on recommendations from sessions of Dáil na nÓg.

  • Hosted a national launch of ‘Let’s Go Mental’ in June 2015, followed by ‘Let’s Go Mental’ events in all 31 local authority areas to promote positive mental health among teenagers through music, sport, the arts and other fun activities.
  • Held very strongly attended presentations for TDs and Senators entitled ‘Your Comhairle Needs You’, highlighting the ways in which members of the Oireachtas (Parliament) should work with and support their local Comhairle na nÓg (2013 and 2015).
  • Conducted peer-led, evidence-based survey among 2,500 teenagers on body image in November 2011, which was launched by young people and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs later in 2012.
  • Attained a commitment that questions on sexual behaviour not previously included would be asked in the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) Survey in Ireland in future years (2010).
  • Influenced the Minister for Health and Children's decision to commence the cervical cancer vaccine programme for 12-year-old girls (2010)
  • Took part in the reference panel of young people involved in developing the highly successful TV and cinema advertisement known as ‘The boy in the hoodie’ for the youth mental health awareness campaign, in cooperation with the NOSP and the DCYA (2008-2009).
  • The Fairsay campaign, which highlighted the negative portrayal of teenagers in the media and urged media organisations to ‘talk to teenagers’ rather than ‘talking about teenagers’ (2007-2008).
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