The Strategy gives young people aged up to 24 (though it targets youth under 18) a voice in decision-making.

Life satisfaction is often used rather than happiness in worldwide studies. Each nation has its own metrics. Ireland’s looks youth friendly. I’m impressed.

Better Policies for Better Lives

Involving youth and children

Ireland is the first country in Europe to develop a cross-government National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in decision-making. The Strategy gives young people aged up to 24 (though it targets youth under 18) a voice in decision-making.

At the local level, youth participate in child and youth councils. Operating in all 31 localities, young people express their voice by working on topics of importance to their age group and by acting as a consultative forum for adult decision makers in the locality.

Every council has an Annual General Meeting where 80-200 youth come together to express their opinions. Biannually, two hundred youth from the local councils are elected to the National Youth Parliament. Each council also elects a representative to sit on the National Executive, which implements the top recommendations from the previous National Youth Parliament. This provides an opportunity for youth representatives to engage with ministers, policy-makers, parliamentary committees and other decision makers.

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