Ireland’s next UN Youth Delegates Aisling O’Boyle and Jamie Moore announced by Tánaiste
Aisling O’Boyle (22) from Dundrum, County Dublin and Jamie Moore (26) from Dungarvan in County Waterford have been selected to join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this Autumn. Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2018/19 were officially announced by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, TD at a special event held in Iveagh House, Dublin, this evening (07.09.18) in advance of their departure to the UN. At the UN, they will work closely with Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN and will have the opportunity to represent the youth of Ireland during sessions of the UN committee dealing with human rights issues.
Speaking after the meeting, Minister Coveney said Speaking after the meeting, Minister Coveney said:
"It was a pleasure to welcome Aisling and Jamie here to Iveagh House and to congratulate them on their selection as Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates. During their term as UN Youth Delegates, they will have an opportunity to work on issues affecting young people in cooperation with fellow youth delegates from around the world. They will work to bring about change and have an impact on decision-making through their advocacy and engagement. The youth engagement by Aisling and Jamie over the coming year is also important in building awareness of the work of the UN and the role Ireland plays on the global stage.
I look forward to engaging with Aisling and Jamie in New York during the United Nations General Assembly and in the year ahead."
Now in its fourth year, the programme is run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people each year.
Valerie Duffy of the NYCI said: “The UN Youth Delegate Programme provides an exciting opportunity for young people in Ireland. After a competitive selection process which saw applications from all over the country, in Aisling and Jamie we are delighted to have selected two impressive young people who will work throughout 2018 and 2019 to highlight youth issues at local, national and global levels.”
The delegates will be engaging in extensive consultation throughout the year. Those holding youth events in Ireland can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to invite the Irish UN Youth Delegates to attend. The delegates will also address a Youth Summit as part of One World Week organised by the NYCI on November 21st 2018.
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Aisling O’Boyle is from Dundrum, Dublin. She has just completed a BA Honours degree in Political Science and Geography at Trinity College Dublin. Aisling has recently interned with European Movement Ireland and Women for Election.
In March 2018, Aisling represented the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts at the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. She lobbied for the unique needs of girls and young women to be recognised, particularly their rights to education and healthcare, to live a life free from violence, and to be included in decision-making.
Aisling has been a member of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) since the age of six. She volunteers on a local, regional and national level and has run a number of advocacy projects with IGG. She was invited to speak about intergenerational climate justice at the launch of the 2015 White Paper on Renewable Energy following her advocacy about climate change. She received the Dean’s Leadership Award for Volunteering from Trinity in 2017 in recognition of her work with IGG.
While at university, Aisling was the public relations officer for Trinity’s Society for International Affairs, working with many external organisations including embassies and development NGOs. She also held positions in Trinity’s Social and Political Review, the Student’s Union, and the Environmental Society. Aisling was the recipient of the 2017 James Killen Award for Political Science and Geography.
Aisling is passionate about tackling inequalities, addressing climate change, and empowering young people to be politically engaged. She believes that quality education, both formal and non-formal, is key to achieving youth empowerment and to eradicating inequalities. Aisling believes that young people need more meaningful opportunities to participate in decision-making and that the Sustainable Development Goals should be achieved in collaboration with young people.
Jamie Moore is from Dungarvan, County Waterford. Jamie attended Meánscoil San Nioclás in An Rinn, is a graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology, currently co-ordinates the Fingal Public Participation Network (PPN) in Fingal County Council and sits on the National PPN Advisory Group in the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Jamie has been passionate about youth participation and citizen empowerment from a young age and believes that participatory democracy needs to be strengthened across all Government structures. Jamie is heavily involved in empowering communities to participate in local and regional decision making structures. This is demonstrable throughout his personal and professional life and in particular through his work with Comhairlí na nÓg and PPNs. This has involved working on a wide range of issues such as Mental Health, the Environment, Poverty, Housing, Strategic Infrastructure and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Jamie believes the eradication of poverty and inequalities can be achieved through lifelong learning and the focused empowerment of young people who find themselves growing up in these situations. This is fundamental in creating an equitable society for young people and young families. Jamie also believes in the need to build strong and trustworthy institutions with the upmost integrity, particularly in the provision and delivery of public services and peacekeeping.
Jamie has previously participated in activities such as the EU Comenius Programme, EIL Ireland Hong Kong Youth Exchange, Dáil na nÓg, Scouting Ireland and his local School Completion Programme. Jamie is an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program and sits on the board of South Dublin County Volunteer Centre. Jamie's voluntary and professional work has been acknowledged through a Gold Gaisce Award, All Island Pride of Place Award and Excellence in Local Government Award.