‘Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg AGM’

Empowering our Young People
The AGM of the Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg will take place on Thursday 16th October 2014 at the Hogan Mezzanine in Croke Park from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
Over 200 representatives from schools and youth organisations across the city will discuss themes relevant to them through a series of workshops to be carried out on the day. These young people, aged 11 to 18 years of age will also discuss the work carried out by Comhairle during the previous year. New members will be elected to fill vacancies on the 63 member Comhairle and a topic will be chosen for them to work on primarily throughout the year. This year, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a strong emphasis will be placed on the rights of  children and young people.
Since their last AGM, the elected members have worked on the theme of Cyber Bullying as their overall topic.  A booklet “Be a Cyber Buddy, not a Cyber Bully” was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke on 7th October. This booklet invites all young people to sign the cyber code and become a cyber buddy this discourages cyber bullying, raises awareness on how they present themselves online and encourages them to report any cyber bullying they encounter. It also includes poems, stories, images, tips and links on cyber bullying and will be a resource for all young people. 
Speaking at the launch Lord Mayor Christy Burke said “This booklet is a fabulous example of young people taking action to help themselves. In an age when social media plays such a huge part in the lives of our young people it is very important that information is available for this vulnerable group to help them to cope with any anti-social behaviour they encounter online. I congratulate Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg for producing this very accessible booklet and encourage all young cyber users to read it.”
To view the booklet click on http://bit.ly/cybercode
“Comhairle’s success would not be possible without the continuous support and encouragement given by parents, schools and youth organisations. While Dublin City Council facilitates the overall organisation of Comhairle in the city area it does this through a multi-agency approach with partner organisations relevant to young people and their areas of interest. By giving the youth this chance to discuss and debate matters of relevance to them in their community, they are encouraged to speak out and be heard as an influential voice in the local and national decision making processes” said Nina Farrell, Comhairle Co-ordinator, Dublin City Council.
For further information contact:
Nina Farrell, Comhairle Co-ordinator, Community and Social Development, Dublin City Council  087 7793076
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170
Notes to the Editor:
Comhairle na nÓg
Comhairle na nÓg (youth councils) were established in 2002 by the then City and County Development Boards (CDBs) in each local authority area, as part of the response to the National Children’s Strategy (2000). This identified that children and young people should have a voice in matters that affect them, should be consulted where appropriate and have a right to have their say. 
Comhairle’s purpose is to give young people an opportunity to participate in influencing local policy, planning and decision making as well as being a mechanism for consultation. They are recognised as the official structures for participation by children and young people in the development of policies and services.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) changed the way children are viewed and treated – i.e., as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care. In fact children have a special set of rights to keep them safe and protected.
The convention consists of 41 articles, each of which details a different type of right. Children’s rights include the right to health, education, family life, play and recreation, an adequate standard of living and the right to be protected from abuse and harm. The Convention has been signed by 193 countries and is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. 
Ireland committed to promote children’s rights when it signed up to the Convention in 1992.  Comhairle na nÓg were established in 2001 as a means of honouring the UNCRC by giving children and young people in Ireland a voice in local decision-making.