By Matthew Sharkey
Over 500 people from Comhairle na nÓg, including members from Meath, gathered at Croke Park Stadium on Tuesday 4th of April to celebrate and showcase their achievements.
The event was hosted by radio and television personality Doireann Garrihy with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Roderic O’Gorman in attendance.
The National Showcase is a biannual event that highlights the work of members of Comhairle na nÓg and how young people have had their voices heard.
Radio and television personality Doireann Garrihy led proceedings during the event, and the Dublin Gospel Choir provided the entertainment with memorable renditions of some well-known songs.
The event allowed the youth councils of the 31 Local Authorities of Ireland to showcase their work and engage with local and national policy decision-makers.
“Today’s gathering is especially important in order to celebrate the achievements of Comhairle na nÓg and the tremendous impact of the work being done,” Minister Roderic O’Gorman said.
“It gives me great hope to witness the enthusiasm and commitment of the young people involved, who should have their voices heard on a wide range of policies and issues, Leo Varadkar said.
“The Government recognises the valuable work of Comhairle na nÓg and we are committed to ensuring that young people continue to be engaged in decision-making that affects them.”