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

National Executive Meetings 2020-21

The National Executive has a term of office of two years and meets once a month with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Participation Team in DCYA offices in Dublin to progress their topic.

The topic: 

The Comhairle na nÓg National Executive 2020-21 commenced their term on Sat 25th January 2020. For the next two years, this group will be working on the theme of Climate Change with a specific focus on Climate Conscious Transport Solutions. This came from discussions at the workshop session at Dáil na nÓg 2019 – read report here: Dáil na nÓg 2019 FINAL REPORT

The process: 

You can follow the progress of their topic by clicking on the links below to read the meeting newsletters.

Update: since the outbreak of Covid-19, it has not been possible to meet physically as a group. Instead they have been using Zoom to have regular online meetings led by staff from the DCYA Participation Team. 

There have been nine online meetings with the group to date since the outbreak of Covid-19. They have been diligent in continuing work on their topic and have been progressing with the research stage. As part of this, they have met with relevant organisations and decision makers, including the Cycling & Walking Officer from Dublin City Council, representatives from the Climate Change Unit and the Sustainable Mobility Division, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; in addition to the cycling policy advisor at the City of Amsterdam.

In June, the group put together a comprehensive survey to gather information on the National Executive’s topic of Climate-Conscious Transport Solutions. The aim is to build a nationwide picture of why young people use / don’t use particular forms of transport and to identify what the key issues are for young people. The survey is focused on two main areas:

1. Cycling as a sustainable form of transport
2. Public transport in the form of buses

It was finalised on 26th June and circulated widely to all Comhairlí. Link to survey results here: National Executive transport survey results


News – September 2020: Public Transport comes out on top for the National Executive 

The votes are in. The Comhairle na nÓg National Executive has identified Public Transport as the key issue to work on, in relation to their topic of Climate-Conscious Transport Solutions. You can read about how they came to this consensus in the meeting notes below:

Zoom meeting: 22.09.2020


Zoom meeting with guest speaker from Amsterdam: Mon. 13th July 2020

Notes from meeting with Amsterdam speaker 13.07.2020


Zoom meetings x 2: 17th June 

Meeting notes x 2 17.06.2020


Zoom meeting: 10th June

Presentation on progress and next steps


Zoom meeting: Thursday 14th May

On 14th May, they had three guest speakers from the Dept of Transport to talk to them about sustainable transport and active travel. You can read the meeting notes, with link to the two presentations, below:

Meeting notes 14.05.2020

20200514 Comhairle na nÓg presentation

Comhairle na nÓg Transport and Climate and Air Quality


Zoom meeting 7th May:

On Thursday 7th May they participated in a Zoom session on urban cycling which included a presentation and Q&A with Deirdre Kelly, Cycling and Walking Officer with Dublin City Council. Her role is to promote cycling and walking across the city. This includes supporting community engagement, and organising events and initiatives to increase the levels of cycling and walking in Dublin.

Here are notes from this very interactive and interesting meeting with link to Deirdre’s presentation below:

National Executive meeting notes 7th may 2020

Deirdre Kelly presentation May 2020


Zoom meetings: 28th and 30th April

National Exec catch ups – meeting notes April 2020


MEETING 2: 29.02.2020

Meeting newsletter 2 29.02.2020

Presentation by Margaret Malone, Rural Transport Programme Manager from the National Transport Authority.
Local Link presentation


Information on Youth Justice Climate Fund
Consultation YP – Youth Climate Justice Fund – Comhairle na nÓg



MEETING I: 25.01.2020

Meeting newsletter 1 25.01.2020