Youth Work Act, 2001

Membership of Youth Work Committees.

20.—(1) Notwithstanding section 21 (4) of the Vocational Education Act, 1930 , the members of a youth work committee shall number not less than 16 and not more than 20, and a vocational education committee shall, in appointing members to a youth work committee, appoint one-half of the membership in accordance with subsection (2)(a) and (b) and one-half in accordance with subsection (2)(c).

(2) A vocational education committee shall appoint as a member of a youth work committee in accordance with subsection (1)

(a) at least one member of the vocational education committee,

(b) at least one person resident in or whose principal or sole place of full-time employment is within its vocational education area, nominated by each of the following:

(i) the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs,

(ii) the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation,

(iii) An Foras Áiseanna Saothair,

(iv) the health board in whose area the vocational education area concerned is situated,

(v) each county council or country borough corporation in its vocational education area,

(vi) Údarás na Gaeltachta where a vocational education committee functions in a Gaeltacht area,

(vii) An Garda Síochána,

(viii) the person appointed under section 13(1) of the Education Act, 1998 , as Chief Inspector for the purposes of that Act,


(c) a number of persons nominated by the Voluntary Youth Council in its vocational education area equal to the number appointed under paragraphs (a) and (b).

(3) In making appointments to the youth work committee a vocational education committee shall as far as practicable ensure such gender balance among the membership of the committee as from time to time determined by the Minister.

(4) In order to achieve the gender balance required by subsection (3), the persons and bodies specified in subsection (2)(b) and (c) shall, in nominating candidates for appointment under this section, make such nominations in accordance with the gender balance.

(5) The Minister may issue directions to a vocational education committee and a youth work committee in relation to the administration of the youth work committee, and the vocational education committee and youth work committee concerned shall comply with those directions.

Voluntary Youth Councils