DIT researchers attend launch of young people's 'Take Charge of Change' declaration hosted by President Higgins
Social science researchers from the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism attended President Higgins' Being Young and Irish national seminar in Áras an Uachtaráin on Saturday 17th November 2012. The seminar was the culmination of a six month long consultation with 17-26 year olds regarding their visions for a future Ireland; what needs to happen to achieve this vision; and what they and other young people can do to achieve this vision. The young people delivered the ‘Take Charge of Change’ Declaration which defines their vision for the future.
The research team with President and Mrs. Michael D. Higgins (from l to r): Dr. Bernadette Quinn, Dr. Matt Bowden, Dr. Rosaleen McElvaney, Mrs. Sabina Higgins, President Michael D. Higgins, Dr. Kevin Lalor, Dr. Kevin Griffin, Cathy Kelleher.
The DIT researchers, affiliated to the Centre for Social and Educational Research (CSER), analysed the hundreds of submissions received online in recent months and at four regional workshops held throughout September in Dublin, Cork, Monaghan and Galway, and presented the findings in a report launched on Saturday at Áras an Uachtaráin. The declaration can be downloaded below;
The research team members were:
- Principal Investigator: Kevin Lalor, Head of School of Social Sciences and Law
- Researchers: Matt Bowden (Department of Social Sciences), Kevin Griffin, Bernadette Quinn (School of Hospitality Management and Tourism), Rosaleen McElvaney (DCU)
- Research administration: Cathy Kelleher, Centre for Social and Educational Research
- For more information and updates on the Being Young and Irish project, please go to;
Digital Youth Symposium
The Digital Youth Symposium at the Science Gallery, Dublin on November 2nd (9.30 - 4.00pm) will be a major international research and policy event on children and the internet in Ireland.
Keynote speakers from research, education and policy fields will debate:
· Digital opportunities, digital literacy, inclusion and digital safety
· Public and private sector support for educational and awareness raising initiatives
· Ensuring digital strategy reflects best interests of children and young people
Speakers include: Sonia Livingstone (LSE, EU Kids Online), Jillian van Turnhout (Seanad Éireann), Simon Milner (Facebook), Elisabeth Staksrud (University of Oslo, EU Kids Online), Billy Hawkes (Data Protection Commissioner), Brian O'Neill (DIT, EU Kids Online), Eamon Ryan (Green Party), Alton Grizzle (UNESCO), Lynda Hawe (OECD), Francesc Pedró (UNESCO), Anne Looney (NCCA), Johnny Ryan (Irish Times).
The Symposium will be opened by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. Closing remarks will be given by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, T.D.
The symposium is aimed at a diverse audience of stakeholders including researchers, policy makers, industry leaders, educationalists and civil society groups.
More information: www.digitalyouth.ie