One of the most important aspects of Comhairle na nÓg is that it allows young people to select and work on topics of importance to young people locally. The work of the Comhairle na nÓg on these topics includes: getting the views of other young people, doing background research, meeting with local decision-makers, developing surveys, organising meetings, making videos, producing leaflets or posters, developing online materials and other activities. This work culminates in the Comhairle na nÓg members seeking to make an impact or change to improve the lives of young people.
The 2016 working topic for Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg (as voted by young people attending the AGM in October 2015) has been the ‘Education System & Emotional Counselling’ for students in schools and centres. In order to develop and work on the topic members invited a panel of experts on the education system to a Comhairle meeting in early spring. Consequently, members voted to: