Comhairle na nÓg event at University of Limerick addresses cyber health

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Limerick Comhairle na Óg members Tyrone Guillen and Isha Lazo with Mayor of Limerick James Collins

Limerick Comhairle na Óg members Tyrone Guillen and Isha Lazo with Mayor of Limerick James Collins

LIMERICK Comhairle na nÓg, Limerick’s youth council, has been invited to make a presentation to Limerick City and County Council on the key messages it feels the council needs to hear. 

Cyber Health and Wellbeing was the central theme of Limerick Comhairle na nÓg’s AGM at the University of Limerick. 

The AGM, which was opened by Mayor of Limerick City and County Cllr James Collins, was attended by more than 100 second level students. 

“Next year city and county councils are 120 years old,” Mayor Collins said. 

“As mayor I would like to invite you to a make a presentation to us on key messages that you feel we need to hear from you,” he added. 

At the AGM, Comhairle member Tyrone Guillen spoke about the role of Comhairle na nÓg. 

“It is a youth council that gives us (young people) an opportunity to voice our opinions and speak about issues that affect us. Each year we chose a topic, research it and present our findings to local and national government,” he explained. 

For the past year Limerick Comhairle na nÓg have been working on cyber health and wellbeing. The group has also recorded three short films that address cyberbullying.

“These films will be delivered to schools and youth groups across Limerick to encourage greater awareness and understanding of the use of social media,’ said John Real, of Limerick Youth Service (LYS).

“The feedback has been very positive with many students expressing an interest in joining Comhairle. The outcomes of the workshop were very positive with students actively engaging in debate and putting forward some excellent suggestions,’ he added.