Comhairle na nÓg Showcase 2016
The Comhairle na nÓg Showcase took place in Croke Park, Dublin on Thursday 24 October 2016. It was attended by over 350 Comhairle na nÓg members from around the Country.
15 Comhairle members of Laois Comhairle na nÓg to attend. All Comhairlí na nÓg were given time to showcase their work for the last two years. After this the Opening Ceremony was commenced with Ruth Scott introducing the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Katherine Zapponee, this was followed by Comhairle members for Dublin and Mayo telling their Comhairle stories. They were also shown a video to showcase the work of Comhairle na nÓg. After lunch a number of workshops took place.
Following the workshops they received in input from the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive and then each Comhairle na nOg were presented with a Certificate of Achievement. Evaluation forms where completed and returned.
A good day was had by all.
Comhairle na nÓg AGM 2016
Laois Comhairle na nÓg held their AGM Wednesday, 19th October, 2016 in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise.
Youth Group Plans ‘Lexit’ for Laois
by Anam Rizwan
The recent annual general meeting of Laois Comhairle na nÓg set out to part Laois from the rest of Ireland.
The plan for the Laois ‘Lexit’ involved teenagers forming new political parties and working on a budget for their new sovereign state.
The annual discussion forum was attended by 110 delegates from clubs and secondary schools in Laois.
They divided into groups and after getting to know one another they formed their new political party. Some of these parties included Unlaoised, Young Independents and Fianna Labour. The students had to priorities topics such as health, safety and wellbeing, education, transport, heritage and culture.
After a heated debate about all the topics, each party had to decide on a budget for every department. It transpired that the Department for Education was the issue that young people most wanted to change.
“The Comhairle AGM has always been a great way for young people to voice their opinions on issues they face today. Not only did we get to express ourselves but we also got to meet new people who are eager to make Laois a more enjoyable place for young people” said fifth year student Joseph O’Leary from St Mary’s CBS in Portlaoise.
The hot topic of educations was revisited by each of the political parties, where the young politicians had to discuss what part of education they wanted to see changed. They then presented their concerns about education to the newly-formed parliament.
Voting stations were set up, which allowed each delegate to ballot for the issue they felt was most important. Regardless of party affiliation, the young people had the freedom to vote for their preferred topic for this year’s project.
The topic entitled ‘Education and school should be made more enjoyable and less stressful’ received most votes. Laois Comhairle na nÓg will be working on this theme for the following year. “Laois has a fantastic Comhairle, which meets every week.
“The dedication and hard work shown by the members has a great impact on the lives of other young people in Laois” said Comhairle Co-Ordinator Elaine Boyle.
Progress on this year’s topic can be followed on the Laois Comhairle na nÓg public facebook page.
Anam Rizwan is the PRO for Laois Comhairle na nÓg.
Laois Activity Atlas
On 2nd October, 2016 ‘ Laois Activity Atlas ‘ was launched during the event Laois through the eyes of a young person. The booklet contains information on youth facilities and youth organisations available to young people in Laois. The atlas is available in all Laois secondary schools and the Youth Cafe. The event was featured in the Laois Nationalist and Leinster Express.
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- Youth Council for Laois
- Dept. Of Children & Youth Affairs
- 31 Comhairlí na nÓg nationwide
- 27 members aged from 12 to 18 years
- Representatives on Laois Comhairle from –
- Secondary Schools
- Youth Organisations
- ‘Seldom Heard’ target groups, e.g., marginalised backgrounds, travelling community, ethnic minorities
- Monitored & supported by the Children’s Task Group
- Represents young people’s views
- Consult with adult decision making bodies and influence decisions being made
- Influence adults who make policies for/about young people
- Provide Feedback to young people in their schools, youth organisations and local communities
- Projects to highlight issues affecting young people
- Representation nationally on National Comhairle na nÓg Executive
- 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.
Comhairle na nÓg AGM held in Portlaoise College November 2016
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