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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DCYA Children’s Participation Hub: 

The DCYA Children’s Participation Hub Database is now online. Please click on this link:

The database includes a wide range of national and international practice and research publications and articles on children and young people’s participation in decision-making.

This database is the first stage of development of the Children and Young People’s Participation Hub, which is one of the key actions for DCYA under the National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-making (2015-2020).

The Hub will become the national centre for excellence on children and young people’s participation in decision-making and will be fully functioning by the end of 2016.

The Hub will support implementation of the strategy through the provision of information, training and advice for Government departments and agencies and the non-statutory sector.

The database was developed on behalf of the DCYA by the Child Law Clinic, University College Cork.