This was one of the key ‘asks’ in our manifesto for the General Election, and we will be working to ensure that the message is heard that now more than ever, young people will need their own voice in Cabinet given theyare facing into such a difficult and uncertain future.
We will also encourage all our member organisations to write their own letters asking for the retention of the DCYA and to contact all politicians that they have existing relationships with to advise them of the importance of retaining DCYA.
Online you can add your voice using #TheDCYAMustStay to highlight the importance ofretaining a full Department of Children and Youth Affairs and a full Minister.
The establishment of the Department for Children and Young Affairs in 2011 – and the appointment of the first ever cabinet level Minister – was a significant development. After several damning reports and inquiries which demonstrated that since the foundation of the State that the needs, concerns and voice of children and young people were too often forgotten and ignored in Government, the Department was a demonstration that the State valued children and young people and was at last willing to address their needs and concerns in a coordinated manner across Government.
The proposal that the Department now may be dismantled and its functions be cast to the four winds is a betrayal of this generation of children and young people and must be rejected.
We will continue to work on this issue on your behalf, and urge you to add your voice,
National Youth Council of Ireland