Dáil na nÓg
Dáil na nÓg is the annual national parliament for young people aged between 12-18 years of age. Delegates are elected to Dáil na nÓg through their local Comhairle na nÓg (one from each). The elected Dáil na nÓg Council follows up on recommendations from the Dáil and tries to make changes for young people in those areas. The Council has a term of office of one year and is supported by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMYCA) and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI).
Since 2003, a consortium comprising the National Youth Council of Ireland, Foroige and Youth Work Ireland has organised Dáil na nÓg in cooperation with the OMCYA. The involvement of these youth organisations has been a major asset in the development of Dáil na nÓg. A number of projects and initiatives have been developed through the work of the Dáil na nÓg Council in recent years, including:
1. Student Council Resources
2. The National Recreation Policy for Young People
3. Working with the Road Safety Authority on improving its schools' programmes
4. The development of Teenspace.ie – a website on facilities and activities for teenagers
5. The young people in the 2007 Council set up the 'Fairsay Campaign' to highlight the negative portrayal of teenagers in the media and to encourage the media to more often focus on positive achievements and aspirations of teenagers. This campaign was supported by the Minister for Children and by the OMCYA and has been very successful. The young people were extensively interviewed in the print and broadcast media.
Offaly Comhairle na nÓg and Dáil na nÓg
Every year 6 young people from Offaly attend Dáil na nÓg in Croke Park. These six delegates are elected democratically to Dáil na nÓg by Offaly Comhairle na nÓg. Alongside 200 other delegates, aged between 12-18, the Offaly Comhairle representatives take part in Dáil na nÓg to discuss and vote on recommendations for actions on Mental Health & Physical Health by Young people, to name but a few issues on their agenda.
Delegates are addressed by key note speakers, most notably in 2010 Barry Andrews TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, addressed the delegates and participated in what was a lively and constructive Questions and Answers session where the young people questioned the Minister on pressing issues such as the importance of not reintroducing fees for third level students, the importance of cervical screening as a priority for females. The Offaly delegates also highlighted to the Minister the need for Youth Cafes and Youth Centres throughout Offaly as one of their major concerns for supporting young people locally.
Pictured are the members of Offaly Comhairle na nÓg at the Dáil na nÓg event at Croke Park on Friday November 27th. The theme for the 2015 gathering was: “The need for young people to have a stronger voice in their education.” Dáil na nÓg is the national youth parliament in Ireland.
Front Row L-R: Cilian Whittle, Anna Egan, Simona Krzeviciute, Denis Holton, Sarah White, Allie McCabe
The Offaly delegates will continue to work on youth issues locally through Offaly Comhairle na nÓg this year. Offaly Comhairle na nÓg delegates for Dáil na nÓg are decided in elections to Dáil na nÓg by Offaly Comhairle na nÓg through Offaly County Council.
For more information on Comhairle/Dáil na nÓg please contact
Offaly County Council
Tel: 057 93 57460