A Dundrum Guide Leader is “delighted” to have been chosen as Youth Delegate to the United Nations.

Aisling O’Boyle (22), a leader of Centenary Guides, is one of two Youth Delegates to have been selected by the UN Youth Delegate programme for 2018-2019. The other delegate is Jamie Moore from Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

Aisling (pictured) was selected through a competitive interview process, were officially announced by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, at a special event held in Iveagh House on September 7th in advance of her departure to the UN.

Aisling and Jamie 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.

Aisling said she is absolutely delighted to have been selected: “It is an honour to be trusted to be the voice of Irish youth at the United Nations. In order to do this, we will be running consultations with young people across the country to ensure that their voices and opinions are heard at the UN.

“We have seen a huge increase in youth engagement with political issues over the last number of years and I am really excited to be able to harness this energy and include young people in helping to achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.”

Aisling joined Irish Girl Guides when she was six, and since she turned 18, has been a leader with Centenary Guides Unit in Dundrum.