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The Young: Dáil na nÓg celebrates 20 years of youth coming together to shape the future

More than 200 youth delegates will gather at the Dublin Convention Center today for the 20th session of the Dáil na nÓg.

Comhairle na nÓg youth council delegates are set to discuss equality issues after Minister Roderic O’Gorman addressed the participants.

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Inclusion and Youth said Dáil na nÓg is a “platform for change, driven by the young minds of our country”.

A wide range of issues will be discussed under the overarching theme of equality, including mental health, climate change, body image, drugs and alcohol, youth services and LGBTIQ+ equality.

The topic was chosen by the young people as the most important area for them and on the day there will be a vote on three equality areas.

Topics in recent years have included climate protection, education and transport.

At a vote on sustainable transport in 2019, delegates proposed reduced fares for young people on public transport in response to a recognized need to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable transport options. This was successfully introduced by the government in the 2021 budget as part of the climate protection plan.

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Jessica Moffitt, Sophie Mullett, Prachi Agrawal, Shannon Ní Fhallúin, Marliatou Bah, Adam Foley and Jack Leahy, who will debate equality at today’s Dáil na nÓg.

Participants at Dáil na nÓg 2022 are similarly seeking to influence policy at government level to advance the areas of equality important to Ireland’s youth.

A panel with Cllr Yemi Adenuga, Ireland’s first black female elected representative, RTÉ DJ Stephen Byrne, CEO of the Children’s Rights Alliance, Tanya Ward; and Disability Advocate Aoife Price discuss gender equality from different perspectives.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he was “delighted” to see so many young people engage with issues that matter most to them through Dáil na nÓg.

“I am grateful that this year’s theme is gender equality as I know there is still a lot of work to be done in this area in all parts of our society.

“I commend the young people who attend Dáil na nÓg and for their participation in the Comhairle na nÓg meetings throughout the year. Your opinion counts and we as a government will continue to listen to your thoughts and concerns as we strive for a diverse and inclusive society for all,” the Taoiseach said.

Speaking at today’s forum, Prachi Agrawal, a participant from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, said youth delegates “have worked hard over the last few months to better understand what the challenges for equality are” and “today we have the chance to show what we have learned”.

“I want to make sure young people’s voices are heard so that equality becomes a reality for everyone across the country,” Prachi said.

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