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Comhairle na nÓg

Comhairle na nÓg, which began in 2002, are local councils for children and young people (aged 12-17) that give them a voice on the development of local policies and services. They are the recognised national structure for participation by children and young people in decision-making in all 31 local authorities. They are supported by the DCYA Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund and DCYA Participation Officers.

Comhairle na nÓg gets young people’s voices heard in two ways: working on topics of importance to young people; and acting as a consultative forum for adult decision-makers in the locality. Every Comhairle na nÓg holds an Annual General Meeting, to which children and young people from local schools, youth clubs and other projects are invited, to work on identifying the topics of most importance to them. Attendance at the AGMs ranges from 80-150 young people.

A Comhairle na nÓg Committee is elected at the AGM and is responsible for working on the topics identified at the AGM and being the consultative forum that works with decision-makers.

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