Comhairle na nÓg 31 youth councils across the country
giving young people a voice on local services & policies

Who We Are

Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the 31 local authorities of the country, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.

In light of the fact that Comhairle na nÓg is for young people under the age of 18 and who therefore have no other voting mechanism to have their voice heard, Comhairle na nÓg is designed to enable young people to have a voice on the services, policies and issues that affect them in their local area.

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Hub na nÓg: 

The DCEDIY Participation Hub, Hub na nÓg is now online.

What is Hub na nÓg?

  • A national centre of excellence and coordination
  • It supports Government Departments, State agencies and non-government organisations to give children and young people a voice in decision-making on issues that affect their lives, with a particular focus on those that are seldom-heard.

Why was it set up?
In the first National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision Making (2015-2020), the DCEDIY committed to the establishment of a national Hub to support implementation of the Strategy. Link to strategy here:
1 National Strategy on Children and Young Peoples Participation in DecisionMaking 2015-2020 

First strategy update:          First Annual Report Children and Young Peoples Participation 2015 to 2020

Second strategy update:     2nd action plan children young people

Objective 1

To support implementation of the National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision Making (2015 –2020) and Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures (BOBF) by providing information, guidance, training and practical support to Government Departments and agencies.

Objective 2

To develop, document and disseminate innovative international best practice on children and young people’s participation in decision-making, including updating the database of best practice publications and resources on 

Objective 3

To form partnerships with third-level and adult education institutions to oversee development of education on the right of children to a voice in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, for professionals who work with and on behalf of children and young people.

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