In this podcast you will hear the views of some of the 100 young people who took part in the ‘Your World – Your Say’ consultation on their views on children’s engagement in European and international levels of decision-making.The event took place on 17 November 2010 and was hosted by the Alliance, in partnership with the Irish Second Level Students’ Union.
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Irish teens tell us how important their stake in Irish society is, arguing articulately against government cuts in education, the failure of Gardai to respect young people’s right to congregate, and advocating for the right to vote at 16.
Children's Rights Alliance staff interviewed a number of people in different locations around Ireland, asking for their views on children's rights. The responses captured here signal an overwhelming support for an amendment to strengthen children's rights in the Constitution.