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Comhairle na nÓg

Pictured above are students who attended Comhairle na nOg in Tralee on Friday 13th October 2017: Elaine Wang, Laura Looney, Ailbhe Murphy and Aileen Healy.

 The Department of Children and Youth Affairs oversees Comhairle na nÓg, the delivery of which is the responsibility of each Local Authority.  There are 31 Comhairlí na nÓg nationally, and the aim is to ensure that the voice of young people is heard when developing policy and local services.  Kerry County Council works with the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service to ensure the success of this project at local level. Young people aged 12-18 are invited to participate in the AGM which took place on Friday 13th October.  Facilitated workshops took place, where those present identified and worked on issues of importance to them before agreeing the next steps of working with key local decision-makers.  One of the objectives was to raise awareness around how people can influence policy decisions. Also on the day, an election process, which elects young people to the Kerry Comhairle na nÓg for the next term took place.  Those elected are afforded opportunities to attend national events and to represent young people on a number of policy making bodies both at county level and nationally.