What is Comhairle na nÓg?
Comhairle na nÓg are youth councils in the 34 local authorities of the country, which give 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 (between 12 to18 years of age) 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.
A local co-ordinator works with the young people to ensure that they have a positive experience.
A meeting is held in November each year and local secondary schools are invited to send a number of pupils along to it.
This meeting reviews the progress on issues identified at the previous years meeting and decides on the topics for the next year.
The young people who attend the meeting are asked if they would like to become part of the Comhairle na nÓg committee and thereby get more involved.
How can I join?
You should enquire at your school if they are sending pupils to the November meeting and if so, you should volunteer to attend
Young people who attend this Meeting can ask to become part of the Comhairle na nÓg Committee.
If I miss the November meeting can I still join?
Yes, it is possible to be part of Comhairle na nÓg even if you did not attend the Annual General Meeting in November.
If you missed the meeting, then you should contact the Comhairle na nÓg Co-ordinator and he/she will discuss this matter with you. Details are available on the Comhairle na nÓg Facebook page
When do meetings take place?
Meetings take place during the school year and they are usually monthly.
It may also be necessary to hold more meetings in advance of special events
Where are meetings held?
Meetings are generally held in Galway City Council offices, at City Hall, College Road, Galway but may also take place in alternative venues depending on the circumstances.
What time do meetings take place?
Meetings are generally arranged for after school hours, usually 5pm on school days and morning or afternoon on Saturdays.
How do I contact the Comhairle na nÓg co-ordinator for Galway City?
The Local co-ordinator of Comhairle na nÓg for Galway City is Peter Salmon.
Peter may be contacted by telephone on 091- 536460 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org