2019 marks 100 years since the first Dáil. To commemorate this, Young Social Innovators is encouraging young people to share their concerns as well as their innovations for change with their local politicians.
Young people have insights and ideas that can and do contribute to creating a fairer, more equal society. So YSI invites local representatives to hear what they have to say and to support their innovations. We are asking YSI Teams to share their stories throughout the Speak Out Tour using the #TellYourTD hashtag.
Who are TDs and what do they do?
A critically important part of Ireland’s democracy is that citizens elect people to act in their interests. These representatives in the Dáil are what we commonly refer to as TDs or Teachta Dála. They bring the concerns of communities to national attention and influence policy decisions and law making. A full listing of all TDs is available in the resource section below.
Can young people influence political decision-makers?
Yes! While the voting age in Ireland is 18, young people can influence political representatives. They can get involved in their local Comhairle na nOg and they can also contact their local representatives directly. Young Social Innovators encourages young people to do either or both!
During March-May 2019, YSI teams should reach out to local representatives (this might be a TD, Senator or local councillor) to share our YSI story of change. Use #TellYourTD
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