What is Dublin City Comhairle nÓg?
Comhairle na nÓg are youth councils in the 31 local authorities of the country. Comhairle provides young people with an opportunity to participate in influencing local and national policy, planning and decision-making aswell as being a mechanism for consultation.
Comhairle na nÓg comes from Goal 1 of the National Children’s Strategy (2000) which identified that children and young people should have a voice in matters that affect them, they should be consulted where appropriate and have a right to have their say.
Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg has 63 elected members between the ages of 11 and 18. Elected members come from each of the five administrative areas in Dublin City, 8 places are held for seldom heard young people. Members are elected at the Comhairle AGM, it takes place in October and elected members will hold a two year term, with the option of running for a third year.
Elected members then meet monthly to work their topic. Other meetings take place as projects develop and consultation requests come in.
Members of Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg at Áras an Uachtarain June 2016