On Tuesday 5th December, I had the opportunity to travel to Dublin and represent the young people in Navan and of course to represent our school at Dáil na nÓg as part of Comhairle na nÓg. I met Dr Fergal Lynch (Secretary General, Dept of Children and Youth Affairs), David Stanton, T.D (Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration), Carol Baxter (Assistant Secretary, Head of Asylum Services, Integration and Equality, Dept of Justice and Equality, Tanya Ward (CEO, Children’s rights alliance) and Dr Niall Muldoon (Ombudsman for Children).

We got to ask them questions on gender issues linked to education such as why girls can’t do Woodwork or Metalwork and why can’t boys do Home Economics in their single-sex schools. It was a great opportunity to meet other Comhairles from all of the counties in Ireland and to pick the topic that Dail na nÓg will be working on for the next two years. 

Patrycja, 2C