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Dáil na nÓg 2022

Convention Centre, Dublin: Sat 26th March 2022

 

 

 

 

Dáil na nÓg is the National Youth Parliament of Ireland for 12-18 year olds. 200 young people were elected to attend Dáil na nÓg through their local Comhairle na nÓg. The event was formally opened by Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Download the Delegate Guide here: Dail na nOg Delegate Guide 2022

This year’s event celebrates Fiche Bliain ag Fás – 20 years a growing, marking its 20th anniversary. Dáil na nÓg 2022 was chaired by two members of the outgoing Comhairle na nÓg National Executive: Abby Vaianella, Waterford Comhairle na nÓg, & Ronan Garrivan, Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg. The Opening Ceremony included an input from Racheal Diyaolu, the outgoing Carlow representative on the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive. It will included the premiere of their video which documents their journey on developing the Youth Travel Card

Delegates participated in workshops throughout the day on the theme of Equality and had the opportunity to talk about the issues that affect the lives of young people in this area and to come up with ideas on what changes need to happen to make things better.

The Workshops: 

In October 2021, three online events were facilitated on the topic of Equality. Across three days, the same themes emerged again and again. Below are the three overarching recommendations which were discussed in detail at this year’s Dáil na nÓg – see below. Every delegate had the opportunity to discuss each of these topics in detail, and at the end of the day voted on the topic which they think should go forward to form the workplan for the new National Executive

• Addressing inequality and barriers to education
• Addressing gender inequality
• A more inclusive relationships and sexuality education

The workshops were facilitated by young people from Comhairle and the outgoing Comhairle na nÓg National Executive.

After the discussions, delegates had the opportunity to vote on the three recommendations and to choose their top one. Votes took place by private ballot. All 200 votes were counted and the one that received the most votes was….

A more inclusive relationships and sexuality education

This will form the basis of the work of the incoming Comhairle na nÓg National Executive 2022-23

 

The Panel:

In the afternoon there was also a Questions and Answers session with speakers who were relevant to the theme for the day.

  • Kevin McCarthy – Panel Chair, Secretary General, Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth
  • Cllr. Yemi Adenuga, Meath County Council
  • Stephen Byrne, Broadcaster and Vlogger
  • Tanya Ward, Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Rights Alliance
  • Aoife Price, Disabled Women Ireland

Dáil na nÓg Steering Committee

In the lead-up to Dáil na nÓg, we have established a steering committee made up of members from the following Comhairlí: Cork City, Kerry, Leitrim, Monaghan, Offaly and Roscommon. They have met three times to date in August and September.

This group has been tasked with the planning for the event, in conjunction with the DCEDIY National Participation Office, and coming up with ways to make it the best one ever. They are being consulted with on all areas of event planning including merchandise, promotion and publications, facilitators and social media.

The Comhairle members have also been involved in piloting and tweaking the workshop methodology which will be used on the day of the three October consultation events.