Child participation structures in Ireland: implementation of agency rights in the UNCRC

This dissertation explores how children’s agency rights became prominent in Irish public policy and analyses the effectiveness of Comhairle na nÓg (child and youth councils) as a mechanism for realisation of UNCRC agency rights. It investigates the practice standards, funding, governance, support for and operation of the Comhairle na nÓg (CNN) structure in meaningfully enabling the voice of children and young people to be heard by adult decision-makers with influence. It also focuses on the effectiveness of the CNN structure in enabling children and young people to have a voice on and participate in decision-making on issues that affect their everyday lives.