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Dáil na nÓg

Dail na nÓg is the national youth parliament for 12-18 year-olds. It is a biennial event, to which 200 representatives from the 31 Comhairle na nÓg are elected as delegates. The DCYA funds and oversees Dáil na nÓg, which is hosted by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The topics discussed at Dáil na nÓg are chosen by young people themselves in the 31 Comhairle na nÓg. Recommendations from Dail na nÓg are followed-up by the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive for the following two years. 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.

Dáil na nÓg 2015 took place on Friday, 27 November in Croke Park, Dublin. The discussion topic for Dáil na nÓg 2015 was ‘the need for young people to have a stronger voice in their education, including on policy, the running of schools, subject choice and curriculum’. The young people voted their top as the need for a stronger voice on what happens in the classroom, which is being followed up by the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive.

Dáil na nÓg was attended by the Minster for Children and Youth Affairs and the Minister for Education and Skills (DES). A lead official from the DES was appointed to work with DCYA officials in supporting the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive.

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)
  • ook 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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