A delegation of 28 young Tipperary people attended Croke Park recently for the DCYA National Showcase - a celebration of all Comhairle na nÓg, while recognising the UNCRC, now in existence for 25 years.
The members of Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg were proud to be involved and to promote the work they have done locally over the last year particularly the work on Positive mental health awareness which included an event in Cashel called ‘Different is Ok, Different is Unique’ and Roscrea for the LOL day event and also the Pieta house walk.
This past year the members of Tipperary Comhairle were also very involved with their adult counterparts in planning the merger for their Comhairle in line with local Government changes so that they too would be a one County Comhairle, with young people from both North and South sitting on one County Comhairle.
On the day of the showcase members heard from Taoiseach Enda Kenny that the country will be safe going forward with active youth like themselves and from Minister for Children & Youth Affairs - Dr James O Reilly on how active participation by them and making their voices heard which is Article 12 of the UNCRC is something they have a right to do.
Only a month ago, 200 youths from all over Tipperary gathered in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Thurles, representing schools & youth groups came to the AGM Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg enjoying a great day of workshops and discussions. Chairman of Tipperary County Council, Clir Michael Fitzgerald spoke to the young people about being active and giving something to society. He spoke of the importance of representing their peers with adult decision makers and having a voice on issues that concern them. He also referred to the changes in local government and how he was delighted to hear they had successfully merged both sides of Tipperary, therefore Tipperary Comhairle reflecting what is happening at public representative level. A highlight of the AGM was the hotly contested election for seats, ensuring a great buzz on the day with 26 new members being elected to join the existing members to form the new Co. Tipperary Youth Council, representing the youth of Tipperary.
This year the delegates gave options and suggestions as to the issues that they are concerned about in Tipperary. This year’s theme will be ‘Diet and wellness of young people’ as the theme for the year, while continuing the work on Mental Health which is a permanent action for them as well as any consultative work from decision makers on youth issue. To find out more on the work of Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg visit their website or facebook page.