Your Rights

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Your right to ISSU…… ISSU to be heard, listened to and respected.

Under the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child

Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child): When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account. This Convention encourages adults to listen to the opinions of children and involve them in decision-making.

Article 13 (Freedom of expression): Children have the right to get and share information, as long as the information is not damaging to them or others. In exercising the right to freedom of expression, children have the responsibility to also respect the rights, freedoms and reputations of others. The freedom of expression includes the right to share information in any way they choose, including by talking, drawing or writing.

Article 15 (Freedom of association): Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. In exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights, freedoms and reputations of others.

Your right to a Student Council…… ISSU to be heard, listened to and respected.



Under the Irish Education Act 1997, Section 27

“Students of a post-primary school may establish a student council and, without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), a board of a post-primary school shall encourage the establishment by students of a student council and shall facilitate and give all reasonable assistance to— (a) students who wish to establish a student council, and (b) student councils when they have been established.”

“A student council shall promote the interests of the school and the involvement of students in the affairs of the school, in co-operation with the board, parents and teachers.”

“The rules for the establishment of a student council shall be drawn up by the board, in accordance with such guidelines as may be issued by the Minister from time to time, and such rules may provide for the election of members and the dissolution of a student council.”

“A student council, following consultation with the board, may make rules governing its meetings and the business and conduct of its affairs.”

You have the right and are advised to set up a student council in your school! We’re here to help. We’re here for you.


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