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Cork County Comhairle na nÓg

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Current topic

Cork County Comhairle are working on the topic of Relationships and Sexual Health in 2017. This will take the form of an advocacy campaign for quality sexual education. We will continue our work on the transport topic and continue to lobby for reduced fares for young people, as below.

Work already completed

Cork County Comhairle na nOg’s work has been focused on the theme of Social Inclusion. The group is linked into Cork County Council’s Strategic Policy Committee on Social Inclusion and regularly presents its work plan for review.

They have been focused on two main topics in 2015-2016:
• Transport in rural Cork: taking action for more affordable public transport costs for young people by campaigning for the roll out of the Leap Card in Co Cork
• Healthy and Safe Environment: promoting positive mental health.

The group made submissions to Local Economic Community Plan for Co Cork in 2015 and also participated in an event at the European Parliament, Strasbourg in 2016.
Cork County Comhairle were also involved in the nationwide Let’s Go Mental campaign in 2015 to promote positive mental health in young people.

Cork County Comhairle na nÓg has been taking action for more affordable public transport costs for young people. We have been lobbying against unfair transport costs for 16-18 year olds and made representations to key decision makers in the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, with the support of local TDs, to introduce a new pricing system, together with a new ID solution, for young people under 18 years. We had our first win in this regard in summer 2014 when it was announced by government that new Leap fares for 16- 18 year olds will be introduced, kicking off in August 2014 in Dublin and Cork City. On 9th July in Leinster House, we met with former Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar to celebrate this announcement. See picture below of some of our Comhairle members with Minister  Varadkar  and former Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD. We are now calling for the establishment of an interim measure for rurally based young people, not yet entitled to a Leap card, to avail of similar price reductions.

See video below for great reasons to join Cork County Comhairle na nÓg, or indeed Comhairle in general.

Cork County Comhairle na nÓg  recently completed work on a campaign for LGBT young people.  We also worked on resources for education and addressing bullying. We have completed workshops on homophobic bullying and LGBT issues, and developed a number of ideas around awareness raising of these issues in schools.

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